Rio Ferdinand analysis of the top-four battle is much ado about nothing

Apparently Rio Ferdinand believes that Arsenal is among the teams that can claim a top-four spot.

The media have really run with this one, for example, the Metro somehow turned the former England defenders comments into Arsenal being in with a shout of grabbing a top-four spot.

You see, Ferdinand was asked about what he thought of the top four race and he admitted that the race was still very much open because none of the teams involved has gone on a strong run of form as Liverpool has done.

Ferdinand actually said: “It is up for grabs.

“There’s probably four or five teams who can get into that top four.

“And again time will tell – no one has hit a great run of form in the chasing pack to really say ‘we’re going to get that fourth place’.”

Arsenal currently have 31 points with 13 games left to play, they have ten points less than Chelsea who occupies the last Champions League place and there are five teams between the Blues and Arsenal.

It would need Arsenal to more or less win every single game until the end of the season and every team from fourth to ninth to collapse. It simply is not going to happen.

To be fair to Ferdinand he did not even mention Arsenal, he was mumbling on about Man Utd having a shot at the top-four but it is frustration that the media take something that has almost nothing to do with reality and somehow include Arsenal in their warped thinking.

For the most part, the vast majority of Arsenal fans have accepted that we will not be finishing top four this season and just because a pundit says the final top-four spot is up for grabs does not change the reality with respect to Arsenal.


  1. Mogunna says:

    Thank you for waking up the ones of us who still in season start’s hope land.

    We out of title race since 3rd game, out of CL race since 10th game, 13th game we were out of EL’s 5to 7th spots since, in relegation’s wagon!

    1. Innit says:

      We are still in for 2 trophies
      We are still in Europa League
      With a chance to get in Champions League
      We are still in the FA Cup

      We still have a lot to play for

  2. Shakir says:

    Top4 is hard but its not impossible.Every team apart from liVARpool has been very inconsistent in terms of results and performances.

    The next game after the break is a vital one.MA would work on many things.We hava a chance.Just support and back your team.

    13 more games,39 points.
    Anything can happen


  3. Elvis says:

    The teams above Arsenal are going to play each other at some point, which means they are guaranteed to drop points when they go head to head.

    About Arsenal reaching top 4, right now it’s not looking hopeful, with our strikers shooting blanks and our slow transitions from defence to attack.

    The first 3 matches after the 2-week break will give us a hint of what to expect.

    It would be wise to treat our remaining matches as preseason matches in preparation for next season.

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors
JustArsenal Top Ten UK Blogs