The Athletic writer admits its Arsenal’s top four to lose now

The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell has admitted Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Aston Villa makes them favourites to finish inside the top four now.

The Gunners are battling for the last Champions League position with Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham.

They had looked like outsiders in the race for a long time, especially after losing their main goal-scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the last transfer window.

However, Mikel Arteta’s side has coped well and you can argue that they have thrived without him.

Whitwell covers Manchester United for The Athletic and you can tell he has conceded his club will not catch the Gunners.

After Arsenal’s win against Villa, he tweeted: “Big win for Arsenal. Good performance to underline their momentum for Champions League. Nothing there to suggest Manchester United can edge top four. Fading hopes hinge on game at Emirates on April 23.”

Just Arsenal Opinion 

We may have secured a much bigger points gap against United when we meet them on the 23rd of next month.

Even if we haven’t, on our current form, we will beat the Red Devils to get all three points and consolidate our place ahead of them and other challengers.

It is a great time to be an Arsenal fan, and it is hard to contain the excitement that we could be back in the Champions League next season.

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    1. No way, we need a HAMMERS WIN! Spurs are our only realistic challengers IMO. We need THEM to lose as many points as possible!

      1. Spot on. We should all be blowing bubbles tomorrow. WH have a tough run in (and QF of Europa League) while Spurs, at least on paper, have the easiest one.

  1. Its six teams playing for two spot, so a long way from deciding it, Chelsea and as I hate to say it the Spuds are our main challengers on current form.

    So I agree with Jon Fox to a point, but I wont lose much sleep if West Ham and Spuds play to a boring draw at the London.

    Massive three points today, enough time to recharge our batteries

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