Arsenal bottle it to gift Tottenham top four spot

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur may have lost their own Premier League game this weekend against Bournemouth, but their top four rivals have all but handed them a spot in next year’s Champions League.

Spurs were in control against the Cherries in the first half before Son and Foyth were both shown straight reds either side of the half time break.

Chelsea then overtook Spurs by comfortable beating Watford 3-0 today, leaving Tottenham teetering in fourth.

Manchester United ruled themselves out of the top four race by drawing 1-1 away to Huddersfield, as it became mathematically impossible for the Red Devils to catch Spurs.

Arsenal needed a win at home to Brighton to send the race down to the final day, but they also only managed a draw.

Spurs now sit in fourth, three points ahead of the Gunners, with a superior goal difference by eight.

This means that while Tottenham are not mathematically guaranteed a top-four spot, it would take a huge and unlikely eight-goal swing on the final day.

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  1. Arsenal have to go to Turfmore next week and face the clarets on the road. While i certainly don’t know if we can get anything out of our tie with Everton at home i am certain it wont be anymore than a 2 goal defeat as the one thing that has not wavered at Tottenham is our solid Defense. Even if we do the unthinkable and loose by 3 or even 4 i can not see Arsenal especially in current for with their leaky defense defeating a very formidable Sean Dyche Burnley team by 4. Burnley pride themselves on playing solid compact defense and dont give up more than a goal or 2 on very many occasions especially at home. This is done and dusted take it to the bank. Arsenal had their opportunity leading at home agianst Brighton a team that hasn’t played well since the New Year and they couldn’t finish the job. While I am sure they will give it their very best effort (which isn’t very assuring for either spurs or the gunners at the moment) the 8 goal margin is just too much to overcome with one game and the opponent on the schedule. They would have had a better chance against a team like Leicester City or Bournemouth who are open to taking chances forward allowing room for Arsenal to score than playing a team like Burnley who will gladly set 8 guys behind the center line and force Arsenal to do someting extraordinary to score any goals let alone 4 or 5 or 6 depending on the result at the new stadium which we could very well win or draw and make this all moot. The top 4 race is over besides positioning for 3rd or 4th between Chelsea and Tottenham and while we would love to avoid the playoff round considering all of the injury and fitness issues and lack of investment into the squad 4th seems just fine to me. Chelsea also has a tough fixture though on the road against a Leicester City team that just trashed Arsenal. Should be fun especially knowing the worst we can finish now is 4th. Congratulations boys you earned it. Now lets go out and put on one complete performance Wednesday to finish the season strong and who know we just might earn a shot at Barca for that ever elusive trophy and wouldnt that be some way to end this decade long drought with the biggest trophy in the sport. A lot of work left to do but now it can be our sole focus. -Coys-


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