EPL: Wright predicts where Arsenal will finish under Mikel Arteta this season


Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has backed his former club to finish fourth in the Premier League this season under their manager, Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal are currently in the sixth position on the Premier League table with 39 points from 22 games.

The Gunners, however, have three games in hand.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League tie with Brentford on Saturday, Wright said on the Ringer FC podcast: “When you look at Arsenal, they have got Spurs, Chelsea, West Ham, Man United soon, so it’s going to be tough.

“I said at the start of the season, if we could get sixth, I would be so happy and I think Mikel Arteta would be where he should be, in and around sixth-place, and then you start to progress from there.

“When you look at how everyone is doing at the moment, everyone is playing each other. If Arsenal can win games like the Wolves one, I’ll be happy with that.

“I fear for West Ham because they have got the seriousness of the Europa League coming now and it gets more intense now, they play more frequently and the games are tougher. That is why you worry for them.

“I don’t think West Ham will be able to sustain it, with the Europa League as well.

“Spurs, I don’t know what’s happening with them and they go to Man City, United, Liverpool and Arsenal soon. Those are tough games for a Spurs who look the way they do right now.

“United have big games too, so I can’t call it, I can’t. But when you look at how poorly some teams are performing, it’s interesting.

“I think we [Arsenal] are going to do it. They need four points from their games in hand (against Burnley and Spurs). Can Arsenal recognise that this is it now? This is the season.

“Whatever you say about United, they have the firepower and players and they will start to take their chances and click. That’s what worries me about United.

“But there’s something happening at the club with the in-fighting. If that’s happening, how do you continue to put in the performances to get the top-four? Southampton could have beat them [on Saturday].”

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