Kevin Kilbane predicts whether Arsenal will finish in top four
The former Irish defender believes Arsenal can finish in the Premier League's top four this season
Kevin Kilbane is confident Arsenal can challenge for a top four finish under Unai Emery this season.
The Gunners appeared destined for disappointment in their first season following Arsene Wenger’s exit at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City and FA Cup holders Chelsea FC were 3-2 winners over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge back in August.
The north London side, though, have responded in impressive fashion to their early setbacks with six successive Premier League victories since their defeat in west London.
In fact, Arsenal racked up their biggest win under Emery so far after the Gunners were resounding 5-1 winners against Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend.
Their landslide win against their derby rivals hoisted Arsenal up to fourth place in the Premier League table ahead of the international break.
Former Irish defender Kilbane has revised his initial prediction that the Gunners would finish in sixth place, claiming that Arsenal are now in a position to secure a top-four finish.
“I liked watching Arsenal at Fulham,” Kilbane told Irish radio station Newstalk. “They are an exciting Arsenal side. They are prepared to put the foot in and scrap and fight.
“They are looking good. I don’t think they’re as good as Man City, Liverpool or Chelsea. I was thinking top six at best at the start of the season and now they’re looking at genuine challengers for the top four.”
Arsenal have scored 19 times in the Premier League this season, which is the second highest tally in the top flight behind leaders Manchester City.
The north London side are in fourth spot but two points behind defending champions Manchester City, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.
Arsenal are looking to secure a return to the Champions League after a two season absence, although the Gunners reached the Europa League semi-finals last term.
Eventual winners Atletico Madrid beat Arsenal 2-1 to end Wenger’s hopes of signing off on his final season in charge with a trophy.
The Gunners appointed Emery on the back of his wealth experience at top European clubs, including Valencia, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain.
Emery won his first league title as a head coach last term after PSG saw off competition from Lyon and Monaco to win the Ligue 1 crown.