Arsenal will finish in top four, insists George Graham

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The former Arsenal manager is adamant that his old club will finish in the Champions League places.

Former Arsenal manager George Graham has told talkSPORT that his side will definitely secure a top-four finish.

The Gunners lost the North London derby to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, bringing an end to a five match-winning streak in the process.

Arsene Wenger’s side are currently sixth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, but the battle for the highly coveted Champions League qualification spots is fierce this season.

Six clubs, including Southampton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham United, could all potentially finish in the top four, such is their proximity in the league.

Now, the Gunners’ former manager has insisted that his old side will definitely finish in the top four, regardless of their recent derby defeat.

“They’ll still finish in the top four, without question,” Graham told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.

“It was a bad performance at the weekend [against Tottenham], but they had two great showings before that against Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Those performances against City and Villa, as well as progression in the FA Cup, had seen confidence lifted at the Emirates, but the loss to Tottenham will have dented that.

However, Graham insists the loss was just a minor blip and they will return to winning ways against Leicester City on Tuesday. He also points out that they have a favourable run-in when compared to their rivals, with Wenger’s men only taking on five teams in the top 10 in their remaining 14 fixtures.

“Arsenal have got a fantastic run-in,” he added.

“[They] will bounce right back with a good performance against Leicester City.”

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