Ian Wright rates Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top five after Newcastle win

first_img Comment Advertisement Ian Wright rates Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League after Newcastle win Arsenal have a favourably run of games and are unbeaten in 2020 so far (Picture: Getty)‘I think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done there and he [Mikel Arteta] won’t have the time or the players to do it all this season.‘They’re going to have to wait, spend a lot of money in the summer, and do a lot of things differently to what they’ve been doing, because I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five.’On Tottenham’s chances of finishing fifth, Wright said: ‘Well they should do. I think with Jose being there, one of the things Tottenham thought they may be able to guarantee is him getting them into the top four.‘I have to say now, you look at Tottenham and this is where you have to say they can kick in and say, “right, we’re really going to cement this place”.’MORE: Graeme Souness slams Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for comments after Arsenal’s win over NewcastleMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after ending goalless run in win over NewcastleMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Fifth place could see Arsenal get back into Europe’s top competition (Picture: Premier League)Ian Wright has played down Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top five and potentially securing a Champions League berth and says they need to hope the teams above them drop points.The clubs chasing fourth spot in the Premier League were given a huge boost when UEFA banned Manchester City – who currently occupy second spot – from competing in the Champions League for the next two seasons.If that decision is upheld, fifth place would get a spot in the competition instead, though Wright is not convinced Arsenal can overturn the six-point gap to fifth-placed Spurs despite their big win over Newcastle.center_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 11:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Arsenal moved up to 10th place with a 4-0 win over Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Asked if Arsenal can avoid finishing outside the top six for the first time in 25 years, Wright told Premier League Productions: ‘I think they can finish in the top six, whether they can get to fifth… I think there’s teams [above them] that are going to have to drop points.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When you’re looking at Tottenham at the moment, the way they dug that out today. Sheffield United look brilliant, they look pretty good Sheffield United.‘If Sheffield United finish there [sixth] it would be a magnificent season. Wolves you feel now, with that fifth place such an important position to finish now, you feel like they’ll kick on.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think it’s going to take a lot for Arsenal to finish in fifth now. Teams are going to have drop points and Arsenal are going to have to really kick on with a run.’Fellow pundit Alan Shearer was even more downbeat on Arsenal’s chances, adding: ‘I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five. Advertisementlast_img read more