Martin Keown thinks Arsenal will miss out on a top four finish this season

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With five points separating third and sixth, the race for a top four spot is well and truly heating up as the Premier League enters its final stretch.

With Chelsea and Tottenham already occupying the final two Champions League spots, Arsenal and Manchester United continue to breathe down their necks.

The Gunners, who sit one point off fourth, will be hoping to put their Europa League days behind them next season.

However, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes his old side will miss out on a top four finish at the hands of Man United, who remain sixth.

The 52-year-old, who made over 400 appearances for the North London side, told talkSPORT: “I don’t think they will [finish in the top four].

“I think Manchester United will squeeze into that.

“It’s the away form that’s going to cost Arsenal this year, unless Emery can find a way to improve away from home.

“They’ve got to go to Leicester, Watford and Wolves. If Emery can sort out a system that makes Arsenal as effective away from home as they are at home, they end up in the top four and they may well win the Europa League.

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“It’s there for him, but he’s got to sort that out.”

Arsenal have only won five times on the road this season, tasting victory away from the Emirates once in their last five league games.

The Gunners could sneak up to third with a win over Watford on Monday though but only if Spurs and Chelsea taste defeat this weekend.

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However, as Keown said, missing out on top four may not be all that bad for Unai Emery’s side with the Europa League potentially acting as their safety net.

The Gunners have one foot in the semi-finals after beating Napoli 2-0 last week and will be gifted a spot in the Champions League if they win the competition.

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