Alan Pardew predicts where Arsenal, Liverpool will finish
Alan Pardew has his say on how the top-four race between Arsenal and Liverpool is shaping up
Alan Pardew says Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season hinge on Liverpool’s clash with West Ham on Sunday.
The Gunners kept their hopes of finishing in the top four alive on Saturday with an emphatic 4-1 win at Stoke City.
Two goals from Olivier Giroud and strikes from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez wrapped up the three points for Arsene Wenger’s men.
The win left them just a point behind Liverpool as the Reds prepare for their crunch clash against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Liverpool will take on Middlesbrough in their final Premier League game at Anfield next weekend and Pardew feels that the final Champions League spot will be decided by Sunday’s game.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Arsenal’s win at Stoke, Pardew said: “They [Arsenal] have come into form at the right time.
“You’d think if they had five games left they’d get in the top four but they haven’t. They’re now relying on West Ham.
“West Ham have to do them a big favour against Liverpool because the home game Liverpool have [Middlesbrough next weekend] looks favourable. But they did the job and that’s all you can do. They did a great job.”
Arsenal, who finished second last season, will take on Sunderland at The Emirates on Tuesday in their penultimate Premier League game of the season.