Roy Keane was asked on Monday Night Football (broadcast on Sky Sports; 30/9; 22:36) whether Arsenal or Manchester United are more likely to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season after their 1-1 draw.
The Gunners have snuck into the top four with the point at Old Trafford on Monday. Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men sit 10th in the table and are three points adrift of the Champions League spots.
It has been an underwhelming start for both sides, and that was reflected by the fixture that they played out at Old Trafford. And Keane suggested that the top four door has been left open for some of the other teams.
“On tonight’s performance, neither of them,” he told Monday Night Football, when asked which team was more likely to finish in the top four. “Obviously, you’d think they’ll improve. We spoke about United, they’ll have to go invest in January. They probably will do. But on tonight’s performance and what I’ve seen recently of United and of Arsenal [neither will].
“If you’re these other teams out there, the West Ham’s and the Leicester’s who are doing well, the Chelsea’s, if ever there’s a chance for them to get in the top four, it would be this season.”
It certainly looks as though two spaces in the top four are up for grabs – and that may quickly become one spot with Tottenham still not far behind having been short of their best for much of this season.
The Foxes are certainly threatening to lead the race. But the chasing pack is still bunched up. And Arsenal and Manchester United are both in there.
The Gunners arguably appear, at this stage, to have the greater potential this season. Their defence remains an issue – they have not kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day – but they have an incredibly exciting attack. And, perhaps more importantly as the season goes on, they have a lot of depth in the final third.
Keane may be unconvinced about both sides. But it would seem that Arsenal have the ability to prove him wrong.