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

The World Cup’s Finest with GiG’s Director of Sports Endre Nesset

first_img Submit In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Today’s entry from Endre Nesset, Director of Sports at Gaming Innovation Group, delves into the history of numerous World Cup’s of yesteryear, with notable inclusions being made by Mustapha Hadji, Jay Jay Okocha, Maxi Rodriguez and stylish Italians.First World Cup memory10 June 1998 (Morocco v Norway). After only having the memory of Gareth Southgate from Euro 96, I had been collecting Panini stickers and reading up in magazines for months to prepare for the 1998 World Cup in France. I will never forget the sexy step-overs from Mustapha Hadji, and poor Dan Eggen (Norwegian centre-back) must still be dizzy wherever he is today. Overall Norway was lucky to equalize twice, and got a good start to the tournament that later was gonna give us the most memorable moment in Norwegian sport history, when we turned the game from being 0-1 down to winning 2-1 in the last ten minutes against Brazil.Favourite World CupPlayerZinedine Zidane. There are so many. I already mentioned Mustapha Hadji from Morocco. Mexico’s Blanco and his signature move the Cuauhtemiña is another, and so is Erik Mykland. I grew up with Michael Laudrup and Gabriel Batistuta on the wall as a kid, so they also deserve to be mentioned. It is however impossible to not mention my favourite player of all time, Zinedine Zidane. He was simply the best player at his time, and his 2006 performance in the world cup knockout rounds speaks for itself. This list became quite long. Add Paraguay’s goalie Jose Luis Chilavert and we have a pretty cool five-a-side team for next years SBC tournament at Stamford Bridge.TeamNigeria, 1998. My first World Cup, and this was the first team that really “wowed” me. I didn’t know many of the players at the time, but looking back at it now it all makes sense. Celestine Babayaro, Taribo West, Finidi George, Sunday Oliseh and Victor Ikpeba all led by the man that was so good they had to name him twice – Jay Jay Okocha!GoalMaxi Rodriguez (Argentina v Mexico, 2006). I remember this game very well, as it was early days in my betting career and I had a position on unders. After two early goals and massive chances both ways we somehow miraculously got there for one of the most undeserved winners in history with 1-1 at final whistle. Looking at the Argentina lineup with Riquelme, Aimar, Saviola, Crespo, Tevez and Messi you should think they had some goals in them, but they needed a thunder strike volley from Maxi Rodriguez to secure the win, before they went on to lose against Germany as usual in the semis. That first touch with his chest is out of this world.GameSpain v Holland, 2014. Diego Costa had just been cleared to play for Spain and he was supposed to complete one of the greatest teams ever, but Holland wanted it differently. Daley Blind and Stefan de Vrij looked like world class wing backs, and magic moments from Van Persie and Robben made sure Holland won 5-1. Spain never recovered and was sent home in shame after going home in the group stage.KitItaly, 2002. You can’t go wrong with Italian fashion, and their plain 2002 World Cup shirts became a instant personal favourite. I actually still have a shirt at home, but it seems to have shrunken over the years, as it no longer fits. Unfortunately for both Italy and the kit, they faced a tougher challenge than expected against South Korea (and the refs) in the first knockout round and got knocked out after overtime. The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email craig@sbcgaming.com. Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more