Phil Thompson predicts where Arsenal, Man United will finish this season

Phil Thompson is backing Arsenal to win the Premier League title ahead of Manchester City this season

Phil Thompson is backing Arsenal to win the Premier League title ahead of Manchester City this season – and reckons Manchester United will not finish in the top four.

The Gunners head into their crunch clash with Chelsea on Sunday afternoon top of the Premier League table as they look to beat the Blues in the league for the first time since 2011.

Arsenal are aiming to win the top-flight trophy for the first time since their famous unbeaten triumph in 2003-04.

United, meanwhile, have been struggling to produce consistent form in recent weeks and head into their home clash with Southampton in fifth place in the table, two points behind Tottenham in fourth.

High-flying Leicester are second and level on points with leaders Arsenal.

And former Liverpool man Thompson is tipping Arsenal to win the title ahead of second-placed Manchester City, Tottenham in third and Leicester in fourth.

Thompson told Sky Sports News: “At this moment, and I do stress at this moment, I’m going for Leicester to hold on to fourth spot. I just think that they have proved they can continue this run with their win at Spurs. They showed they can be defensively solid, stay in the game and still create enough chances to snatch the points.

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“Spurs are proving to be a fantastic team with a great defence. Harry Kane is obviously crucial but they do need others to chip in, which they did against Sunderland with Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele both on the scoresheet.

“It will be very difficult now for Liverpool after the defeat to United, which really should not have happened, but that also tells a story in not winning when on top and showing defensive vulnerabilities.”

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