BT Sport presenter Robbie Savage
Pundit Robbie Savage has told The Mirror that he thinks Everton will finish above Arsenal in sixth place this season.
Everton picked up another home win last weekend, beating Burnley 3-1 at Goodison Park to make it four wins in the last six games to keep up their impressive 2017 form.
The Toffees still sit in seventh place right now, but they lie level on 57 points with sixth-placed Arsenal, only three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and seven points off Manchester City in the final Champions League spot.
Ronald Koeman looks set to guide his side into Europe in his first season as Everton manager, and the Toffees will be aiming for higher than seventh come the end of the season.
The team directly above Everton is Arsenal, and they have endured a difficult time of late. The Gunners have lost five of their last nine Premier League games to leave themselves 18 points off Chelsea at the top of the table, and 14 points behind North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Like Everton, Arsenal are seven points off the Champions League, and with just seven games to go for the Gunners, they need to build on Monday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough with a strong end to the season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Everton manager Ronald Koeman
With lingering confusion over Arsene Wenger's future, pundit Robbie Savage has now told The Mirror that he thinks Everton will actually overhaul Arsenal and finish in sixth place.
That would bump Arsenal down to seventh place, well outside of the Champions League spots, with Savage that Koeman will get Everton into the top six by the end of the season – particularly interesting given that the two sides face off at the Emirates Stadium on the final day of the season.
“Everton could finish above Arsenal,” said Savage. “In fact, I will stick my neck out and say they WILL overhaul Arsenal and finish sixth. In fairness, when I did my calculations last week, I based them on the swings and roundabouts of the race to finish in the top four, but I think Ronald Koeman will make the top six when the music stops,” he added.
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