Arsenal were held to a draw for the third time in their last four games in the Premier League at the hands of Sunderland, and have now allowed Manchester United a chance to peg them back in the race for a top-four finish. The Red Devils have a game in hand which could see them being two points adrift of both Manchester City (3rd) and Arsenal (4th) with three games to go, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was fearful of his side falling short.
“Yes, of course. We care about (finishing in the top-four) and we worry about it as well because it’s a fight. There are two leagues at the moment: the teams who are taking it a little bit easier – you see some games and you think you would like to play them now, the teams who are safe and are not going for Europe, and then you have the teams who are going for something at the front and the teams who are fighting not to go down, and they are different games,” he said.
Arsenal were top of the Premier League after the first-half of the season with 39 points from 19 games, but have dropped down to fourth in the league with 64 points from 35. Their form in 2016 has seen them winning only five of their last 15, and it’s cost them a fantastic chance of a title. “It is frustrating because we play to win the title and the fact that we do not win it is of course frustrating, like it is for many other teams,” Wenger added.
Manchester United next face Leicester City in the league, but have Norwich City, West Ham United and Bournemouth in their remaining games which could see them finishing very strongly. Arsenal also have Norwich along with Manchester City and Aston Villa so the two sides should pick up wins in the coming weeks which could make the race for a top-four place an enthralling spectacle.
The Gunners are 1/7 to finish in the Premier League top-four this season. Can Arsenal get over the line?