David Dein: Arsenal have a right to celebrate fourth-place finish

David Dein believes Arsenal were well within their rights to celebrate their fourth-place finish at the end of the season

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Arsene Wenger's side finished fourth in the Premier League Photo: Back Page Images

David Dein believes Arsenal were well within their rights to celebrate their fourth-place finish at the end of the season.

The Gunners pipped north London rivals Tottenham to the last Champions League spot on a dramatic final day of Premier League action, thanks to a nervy 1-0 victory at Newcastle.

Arsene Wenger’s men celebrated their achievement after the final whistle at St James’ Park, causing some to question the ambition of a side that has a history of challenge for the Premier League title.

But former Gunners vice-chairman Dein believes Wenger has once again got the best out of his squad and has been impressed by the Frenchman’s work.

“There is plenty of reason to celebrate finishing fourth,” Dein told Sky Sports.

“Arsene Wenger has waved his magic wand again as he has done for the last 16 years and qualified for the Champions League.

“If one looks at it, it is not the greatest squad he has had, it is a talented one but what he has had to work with, he’s done extremely well.

“However, the final analysis is that they have finished 16 points behind Manchester United and that is not good enough.”

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