Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has backed Tottenham to finish fourth this season and seal Champions League qualification for the fifth season in a row
The race for the fourth spot is now wide open after Chelsea’s 2-0 home loss to Manchester United on Monday. The result means that Spurs will go into the clash at Stamford Bridge this Saturday just a point behind the Blues.
With Manchester City being handed a two-year ban by UEFA from European competitions for committing breaches of the organisation’s licensing and financial fair play regulations, a fifth-place finish can also secure Champions League qualification at the end of the season (The Guardian).
Wright claimed that while Arsenal had a chance of finishing in the top six, they had a real battle in their hands if they wanted to sneak into the top five.
He told Premier League productions on 16/2/2020 (as relayed by The Metro): “I think they (Arsenal) can finish in the top six, whether they can get to fifth… I think there are teams [above them] that are going to have to drop points.
“When you’re looking at Tottenham at the moment, the way they dug that out today. Sheffield United look brilliant, they look pretty good Sheffield United.
“If Sheffield United finish there [sixth] it would be a magnificent season. Wolves you feel now, with that fifth place such an important position to finish now, you feel like they’ll kick on.
“I think it’s going to take a lot for Arsenal to finish in fifth now. Teams are going to have drop points and Arsenal are going to have to really kick on with a run.”
However, he was confident that Jose Mourinho’s side could cement the fourth spot if they maintain their current form.
When asked if Spurs can finish fifth, Wright added: “Well they should do. I think with Jose being there, one of the things Tottenham thought they may be able to guarantee is him getting them into the top four.
“I have to say now, you look at Tottenham and this is where you have to say they can kick in and say, “right, we’re really going to cement this place.”
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I was quietly confident that we would nick the fourth spot by the end of the season but the injury to Son has put the cat amongst the pigeons. I am not sure if we will now get enough goals until the end of the season to win the games we should be winning.
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