Arsenal have been in danger of dropping out of the top four for a number of seasons but they have managed to do so 16 years in a row. This season looks to be the most challenging for the Gunners but here are four reasons why they will finish in the top four again.
Arsenal have consistently finished in the top four for the last 16 years, this gives them a massive advantage and experience in comparison to the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool. They have often left it late - no more so than in the 2004/2005 season when they leapfrogged Tottenham on the final day of the season; but that experience should see them over the line.
Tottenham in particular have a much harder run-in to the end of the season compared to Arsenal. Tottenham still have to play Swansea (A) Everton (H) Chelsea (A) Man City (H) and Stoke (A). All difficult ties In comparison Arsenal only considerably difficult ties are Everton and Manchester United, both of which are at home. If teams perform to the formbook than Arsenal should be able to claw back the four points that currently separate the two sides.
However, Everton have to play both North London clubs. If they can beat both the clubs then they stand a good chance of getting the fourth place themselves.
Arsenal are currently on a good run of form in all competitions; two consecutive wins away from home with two clean sheets and four goals scored. Tottenham on the other hand have just come off the back of a 4-1 defeat to Inter Milan and a 1-0 loss by Fulham. Tottenham are becoming famed for their late-seasons slumps and all the signs indicate that another one might be on the way
Tottenham have relied on the Welshman to conjure up something special when the team hasn’t clicked. Being so reliant on a single player has its problems. If Bale gets injured or even suffers a dip in form it could find Tottenham wanting when the chips are down. With a lack of striking options, Tottenham have been lucky to find Bale in such emphatic form. Will he hold on to the magic touch for the rest of the season?
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