Former Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor believes Arsenal will finish in the top four this season.
THE LATEST: BRILLIANT START
Arsenal have started the new season on a different note. It has been a much better start to what the Gunners had last season. Mikel Arteta’s men have won six of their seven opening Premier League games and are currently top of the log with 18 points.
The North London outfit added some quality players in the summer and it has shown in their improvements this season. Although not many expected this start from Arteta’s men, it is left to be seen where they will finish come the end of the season.
Despite the excellent start, the former Villa man has now predicted that the Gunners will finish second behind Manchester City on the log when the season comes to an end.
THE LATEST: PUNDIT’S PREDICTION
Pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has named the clubs that will finish in the top four this season.
Arsenal have found themselves at the top of the Premier League table, followed closely by Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. So, the Gunners are expected to finish in a decent position and finishing fourth would be considered as progress.
While predicting the league standings at the end of this term, Agbonlahor said on Talk Sport:
“Top four for me would be first place for Manchester City, second place Arsenal, third place Spurs and fourth place Chelsea.”
Arsenal’s current position on the league table is seen as an overachievement, but the Gunners could go on to achieve great things with the way they have started.
THE VERDICT: THAT’S THE TARGET
Finishing in the top four is simply Arteta’s target and it is non-negotiable. Arsenal had it in their hands last season before losing to Spurs in the derby with few games to go. He has been backed strongly by the club’s hierarchy and in terms of signings made over the past two windows, so he has no excuse not to deliver.
Arsenal have not been in the Champions League since 2017 and if the expenses made in the last few years are measured, returning to Europe’s elite competition this season is paramount. Focus has to be at a consistent level at this time and Arsenal can only hope that key players won’t get injured at crucial times.