Arsenal or Tottenham? Who will prevail and who will buckle?

Arsenal 5 2 Spurs

The draw this week between Chelsea and Spurs keeps the race for a Champions League place open, although Tottenham must now wait for either the Blues or Arsenal to slip up.

Chelsea are two points ahead of Arsenal, which might be enough to keep them in third place. They play Aston Villa away on Saturday, a game that they must surely win; against a club who they battered 8-0 in December.

That should cement them in third place, which would be five points ahead of Arsenal who do not play until Tuesday.

Their last game of the season is against Everton at home, which might be trickier, but if they beat Villa, it won't really matter if they get all three points on the last day.

So the real battle for fourth spot is between the old London foes, Arsenal and Spurs

Spurs have an away game to Stoke on Sunday which will not be easy, but I think they might just win it because, quite simply, they need to.

Their last game is against Sunderland at home. After bouncing back from their loss to Villa by drawing with Stoke, Sunderland is a team that could spring a few surprises, and I wouldn't be surprised if they hold Spurs to a draw or even grab all three points.

This is pivotal to Spurs who need the fourth place for more many reasons, the main one being to get into a better chance of retaining Gareth Bale next season. I think that he will go if there is no Champions League football on offer.

Arsenal play Wigan at home on Tuesday evening which will not be easy either. Wigan are in the drop zone, and are probably going to be relegated, but their mindset will be affected by their result in tomorro'ws FA Cup Final.

They have shown some good form lately, albeit that the lost to Swansea on Tuesday. I always think that it is more difficult to play teams who are nearer the drop at this time of season, as they have nothing to lose and everything to gain by throwing everything at the opposition.

The home advantage might count for something though, but Wigan has been a bit of a bogey team for Arsenal in the past (remember last season) so this one's not going to be a pushover.

Arsenal's last game of the season is against Newcastle away. Newcastle has lost its form lately, and is near the drop zone. They desperately need to get something from that game, and I can see it being a real tussle; again not an easy game for the Gunners, but it is a must-win.

If they can hold their nerve and win both remaining games, then they get fourth place and Champions League football for the 16th consecutive season. Better than not getting it, but surely still a poor showing from a team that should have, and could have done much better this season.

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