Jamie Carragher predicts where Arsenal will finish in the table
Jamie Carragher has his say on Arsenal's hopes of finishing in the top four this season
Jamie Carragher says Arsenal are not the favourites to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season.
The Gunners gave themselves a boost in their bid to finish in the top four on Monday night when they claimed a narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road.
That victory lifted Arsenal up into fourth place in the Premier League table with five games left to play, as Unai Emery looks to try and steer the Gunners towards Champions League qualification in his first season in charge at The Emirates.
Arsenal are locked in a battle with Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United for the final two Champions League qualification spots in the Premier League.
And despite Arsenal’s important win on Monday night, former Liverpool FC star Carragher still feels that the Gunners are outsiders to actually finish in the top four this season.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “No [Arsenal are not favourites to finish in the top four].
“I said before, I didn’t think they’d get in the top four because of their away form. I didn’t expect them to win tonight, obviously the circumstances have gone with them tonight [on Monday].
“Unai Emery is not soft, that was a great result, but not a great performance. That doesn’t matter. The fact the opposition team were down to ten men and probably should have got something, that’ll be a worry for the other away games.
“You look at the home games and think they’ll look after themselves for Arsenal. But the away games, you still feel they’ll have to win one of them. Looking at it… ]they should win] one [out] of three, with the team Arsenal have, but you’d still fear for them away from home.
“Six points for me is a guarantee and that gets them to 72. Whether they could pick up another three or four points, that would be enough. But they’re not easy games away from home.”
Arsenal are currently preparing for the return leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash against Napoli on Thursday night.
The Gunners won the first leg 2-0 at The Emirates last week to take a big step towards the Europa League semi-finals.