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Former England midfielder predicts Arsenal to miss out on the top four

Former England and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton believes Arsenal could miss out on the top four of the Premier League despite possessing the friendlier fixture schedule for the rest of the season. The north London side have propelled to the fourth spot in the standings after impressive performances against Tottenham and Manchester United but Anderton still does not see them making the Champions League cut.

Speaking to 888Sport, the former Spurs favourite said that his former club have not experienced the best of runs over the past month but they still have the credentials to make the top four with the move to the new stadium. He added that Manchester United could be the other team to make the top four cut alongside Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

He told: ““It’s always all about the run you’re on because results breed confidence“ . Spurs have definitely had a wobble and lost some games that really they shouldn’t have – the Southampton game, the Burnley game. These are games where if you want to be in the top four or challenge for the title you can’t lose and especially in the manner that they did. So that was disappointing and then of course the immediate reaction is to start looking down and start worrying. I still fancy Spurs “though to join Liverpool“ and Manchester City. Then I’d go for United.”

Arsenal currently have the advantage of not playing against the top six for the rest of the season and that offers them with a great chance of ending the two-year wait for Champions League football. However, five of the final eight matches of the campaign are on the road and that could pose a concern, given they have won just one away game at Huddersfield Town since the turn of the year. The Gunners return from the international break with a home clash against Newcastle United.