Harry Redknapp says Arsenal have to make the top four

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The start of the Premier League season is now just seven days away and fans across the world are eagerly expecting another year of thrills, spills and just sheer entertainment.

The latest edition of England's top division has already drummed up more interest than normal given the vast amounts of money spent on new players and the glamorous managerial line up the top teams are boasting this season.

But while most of their rivals have been very relaxed in chopping and changing their head coaches, Arsene Wenger is about to fulfil 20 years at the helm of Arsenal.

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Plenty of success throughout his opening decade in charge has given the Frenchman more time than most would expect at the Gunners but - a few FA Cup triumphs aside - Arsenal fans' have grown increasingly frustrated with the club's apparent content to settle for finishing in the top four each season.

And it finally reached boiling point last year as supporters were fed up the team had missed out on what was considered to be Arsenal's best chance of winning the league for many-a-campaign.

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However, Wenger has kept his job and the club's fanbase must now nervously await the events of the upcoming season to pan out, forever wondering if this will be the year Arsenal end their title drought or a new manager will be appointed.

Ex-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been providing his thoughts on his former north London rival and complies with the widely held belief that missing out on the Champions League would be the final nail in the coffin for Wenger.

He told Betsafe, as per The Mirror: “Arsenal have not been out the top four for 20 years. If Arsenal don't make the top four, it is absolutely Arsene Wenger's last season as manager. That will be the end if they don't make the top four; they've got to make the top four.”

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But, despite Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United and Liverpool's resurgence under Jurgen Klopp, Redknapp has backed both Arsenal and ex-club Spurs to claim those highly coveted European spots.

Redknapp added: “I'd be with Man City to win it, then Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

“It's incredible that they're all in this country, and they're all managing in the Premier League. It's going to make for an exciting Premier League but at the end of the day there can only be one winner.

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"They're all going to be expecting next year to win the league, because they've all invested, big managers, big players."

"It's very difficult because there are six or seven teams next year and three of them are going to be very disappointed, big managers, big budgets and everything else that goes along with it and they're suddenly going to have disappointing seasons.”

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