Arsenal boss Wenger assesses his side’s chances of finishing above Manchester duo

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are in a Premier League race for second spot.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels a solid end to the season will see his side pip the Manchester duo to the runners-up spot behind Premier League champions Chelsea, The Sun report.

With the Blues expected to sew up the title as early as this weekend, The Gunners’ attentions have turned to finishing second ahead of their other rivals.

While the runners-up spot may seem a consolation prize for the early-season title contenders, along with third spot, it has somewhat overlooked advantages going into next season.

Finishing second and third guarantees direct Champions League qualification, whereas fourth-place has to settle for a qualifier which can subsequently disrupt pre-season plans over the summer.

Manuel Pellegrini’s City side currently hold second spot, level on points with the North Londoners in third and two points clear of Louis van Gaal’s United in fourth.

Despite a daunting trip to Old Trafford still pending, the Gunners have the best form heading into the season finale and Wenger feels his side are in a strong position to finish ahead of Manchester's big two.

“City started the season stronger than us and were in front of us for a long time but have had ups and downs this year. United are a bit like Arsenal, they had a slow start and become stronger in the second part of the season,” the Frenchman explained.

“It’s difficult to say how it will finish. But we are in a position where I can say that if we do well we will get in front of them.”

The race to finish second:

Arsenal must be seen as favourites to finish second. A trip to United aside, the Gunners have three home matches remaining against Swansea City, Sunderland and West Brom, plus a game in hand.

Manchester City, in contrast, have two tough trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City remaining, while Southampton at home in their final league match of the season will prove no easy ride.

United go into their final four matches of the season coming off the back of two away defeats, but a relatively straightforward finale, plus the chance to beat the Gunners, stands them in good stead.

It would take a brave man to bet against Wenger’s side finishing second, and United’s run-in in comparison to City would make them favourites to finish ahead of their noisy neighbours.

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