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Battle for the top 4, part 1: The London teams

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With the race to see who will finish in the Premier League's top four this season hitting fever pitch, GMS contributor Joseph Stuart looks at key players who could be instrumental in certain team's successes.

With the fixtures becoming increasingly important, vital points up for grabs differing league form effecting various teams, who will make the Champions League spots from the London area?

Arsenal - Currently 2nd Place on 52 points

Key Players: Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil Olivier Giroud

Arsenal have numerous players that they will be hoping perform well to help carry the teams impressive season all the way to the end.

It may seem like they boast quite a lot of key players, however there are three midfielders purely because they all posses the ability to have a huge positive impact on the rest of Arsenal's season.

If the centre-back pairing of Mertesacker and Koscielny can keep fit and continue defending well then Arsenal will continue to be very solid at the back, while hopefully Olivier Giroud will regain the goal scoring form that he found at the start of the season and be hitting the net week in and week out once again. 

With their current form at five consecutive wins and then a draw, their stunning form doesn't look as if it's going to stop any time soon. Arsenal have a number of tough and important fixtures left in the season which include playing away at Anfield (Liverpool), Stamford Bridge (Chelsea), White Hart Lane (Tottenham) and Goodison Park (Everton). The Gunners will also be welcoming both Manchester clubs to the Emirates in their remaining games. 

Predicted points: 32 points from 45 available

Chelsea - 3rd Place on 50 points

Key Players: Petr Cech, John Terry, Ramires, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Samuel Eto'o

Obviously to win the Premier League you need all of your team to be performing well however here are a few that I feel will be most important to Chelsea's success for the remainder of the season.

Petr Cech has pulled off some great performances this season and is a great inspiration in the Chelsea goal to keep the team going. Chelsea fans will be hoping that skipper John Terry will remain fit because there's a certain something in him that drives the Blues forward.

The ever hard-working Ramires will also be a very key part to Chelsea's success as well as Samuel Eto'o who, after scoring a hat trick against rivals Manchester United, will look to continue hitting the net. Undoubtedly though the pairing of Oscar and Eden Hazard will be a very important factor in how Chelsea finish in this season's table. 

Their current form is the same as their London rivals Arsenal, as they won five consecutive league games before drawing with West Ham last night. In comparison to the Gunner's fixtures Chelsea seem to have a slightly easier run however it is still tough with visits to the Etihad and Anfield in store as well as home games against Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal. 

Predicted points: 37 points from 45 available

Tottenham Hotspurs - 5th Place on 43 points

Key Players: Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Christian Eriksen, Emmanuel Adebayor 

Tottenham always seem to get so close, but always miss out on a Champions League spot year after year.

They didn't really find their way under Andre Villas-Boas and were struggling to mount any real challenge for a top four spot, however since the new appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager, Tottenham are starting to find their stride and are performing well consistently.

With five goals in seven games under the new manager, Adebayor has been picked over Roberto Soldado and is showing Spurs' fans why Sherwood is trusting him to lead the front line.

Adebayor has been very involved in Tottenham's new found form, and in the two matches he didn't score he picked up two assists against Stoke and one against Crystal Palace. Along with Adebayor, new signing Christian Eriken is final managing to put in consistently good performances. With three goals and three assists in his last six games the 21-year old shows great potential and will surely be key to Tottenham reaching a top four finish. 

Tottenham's recent form is promising, they drew with West Brom before winning four matches on the trot although were heavily out done by Manchester City who thrashed them 5-1 at White Hart Lane, Spurs have got most of their tough matches out of the way.

They await home games against Everton and Arsenal and a tough match at title chasing London-rivals Chelsea.

Possible Points: 35 points from 45 available

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