Nigel Winterburn believes that Arsenal will still miss out on a top four finish in the Premier League this season despite their recent form.
The Gunners are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions, a streak which includes emphatic Premier League victories over Leicester City and Tottenham.
These results have propelled the north London club to fifth in the league table after 11 matches and just two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
However, former Arsenal left-back Winterburn thinks that Arsenal will finish just outside the Champions League spots come the end of the campaign.
‘You’ve got to get your own form right. I was asked about a prediction at the start of the season, ‘can Arsenal finish top 4’ well of course they can, because the players are good enough for them to sneak into that sort of bracket,’ he told Metro.co.uk via FreeSuperTips.
‘Did I actually think they would achieve that when I was asked? Probably not.
‘I thought that the teams ahead of them such as City, Liverpool and Chelsea, just looked to have a bit more about them. Then you’re looking at Man Utd who signed Ronaldo and Sancho, so you’re thinking, ‘can we really finish above them?’ and that’s before you get to the likes of Leicester and West Ham.
‘If you’re looking at how the season has gone so far, there’s a position available in the top four for whoever wants to grab it. Man Utd are wobbling at the moment, West Ham are looking consistent.
‘I still think it’s a big test for Arsenal and the next fixtures in the coming weeks could tell us a lot more. If Arsenal pick up a few injuries then they could slip away again, but if everyone stays fit then the momentum could carry on.
‘My gut feeling is that they’ll just miss out on top four, but I hope I’m wrong!’
The Gunners will be looking to continue their fine form when they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates next Saturday.
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