Jamie O’Hara believes that fourth place is now Arsenal’s to lose, with the former Tottenham man admitting it would kill him to see the Gunners pipping their North London rivals to Champions League qualification.
Amidst the struggles for consistency the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham United have had over recent weeks, Arsenal have kept picking up results.
This means the Gunners are now sitting in fourth place, just five points off Chelsea in third with a game in hand over Thomas Tuchel’s men.
However, Spurs’ 5-0 thrashing of Everton on Monday night meant that Antonio Conte’s men have kept pace with their rivals in the race for fourth, with the club now sitting three points below Mikel Artera’s men, having played a game extra.
Conte insisted in his post-match press conference that Tottenham needed to treat all their 12 remaining matches like finals as they concentrate all of their efforts on clinching the fourth spot (Football.London).
However, O’Hara believes that Spurs are likely to lose out to their local rivals in the race.
The former Tottenham midfielder told talkSPORT Breakfast: “[Arsenal] look really good, they look decent. They look a good side, they’re solid defensively – they look like a proper outfit. I think it’s theirs now, the top four, I really do.
“I just look at Manchester United and I look at Spurs – they’re just a team of individuals. Manchester United have got better players but they just give up. Mentally, they’re not there.
“Arsenal have got that sort of team spirit, something about them where they want to win. They’ve got that winning mentality and I think they’ve got the bit between their teeth and they know it’s there for them to get Champions League football.
“I think Arteta is going to do it, I really do. And that’s going to kill me!”
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Arsenal are certainly the favourites at this point, given the consistency they have shown over recent weeks. However, given the number of points still left to play for, the race is still wide open.
Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United on Saturday could have a major bearing on the race. Spurs do not just have a golden chance to close the gap on Arsenal but they could effectively knock United out of the running with a win at Old Trafford.
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