Are Arsenal top four quality?

An impressive run of form from Arsenal has seen the club make up ground on their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a top four finish. Prior to the 5-2 thumping of their neighbours last month, the Gunners were a massive 10 points behind Harry Redknapp’s side, but since the win, they have cut the lead down to just a solitary point. If I were to recommend some Football Betting Tips to any fan of football, it would be that the Gunners are a dead cert to make the UEFA Champions League again next season.

An indifferent start to the season saw many predict that Arsenal would finish outside the top four for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996. However, with captain Robin Van Persie netting pivotal goals over the season, including winners against Everton and Liverpool just two of the impressive 26 goals he has netted this campaign, the Dutchman has shown no remorse to opposition back-lines this year and isn’t showing any signs of slowing.

Meanwhile, the return to fitness from a number of key players, including defenders Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny, a solidified a back four that was error prone earlier in the season has since become one of the best in the Premier League. The emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and return to form of Theo Walcott has boosted Arsene Wenger’s attacking options considerably and while Arsenal stuttered when the campaign started, they have since found the essential form at the crucial end of the season.

Many are now tipping the Gunners to finish in third place, a somewhat foolish bet to make at the beginning of the month despite having just trounced their rivals in the North London derby. Now the in form team heading into the final 10 games of the season, the next coming against Everton at Goodison Park, you would be hard pressed to find many teams that could stop them. Facing just three of the top ten between now and May has seen the bookies instil them as favourites to pull off what appeared impossible a few months ago.

Yet Wenger has brought the confidence back to the side that looked low on morale when the season started in August. Now three points clear of fifth placed Chelsea and just one behind Spurs in third, a top four finish is certainly the likely outcome for the Gunners in a campaign which, following the departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively, looked as though they may fail to obtain Champions League football next season.

However, coming to the fabled ‘business end’ of the season, they are now odds on to secure a finish in the top three despite Spurs currently occupying the position. The team has come a long way since August and to secure a third place finish come May, it will be a superb achievement to Wenger, who was beginning to feel the pressure from the fans earlier in the campaign, and the players who have been in superb form over the course of the season and if they can continue their current run of form, a top four finish is certainty.

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