Following last night’s 3-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Sky Sports football pundit Gary Neville now thinks that the Gunners hold the edge over Everton for that important 4th place Champions League spot.
Everton is currently 5th in the table and can overtake Arsenal if they should draw with Crystal Palace Wednesday night , but must then face the tough task of playing Manchester United and Manchester City which the former England defender thinks gives Arsenal an advantage.
Should the Gunners finish 4th in the Premiership and win the FA Cup it will be looked upon as being a good season.
“Wenger has to say [Arsenal can win] both and he’ll think both,” said Neville, who won the Premier League eight times during all the years he was at Manchester United.
“I think, to be fair, the reason people have been hard on Arsenal in the last few weeks is probably because we expected them to do better from the position they were in two or three months ago, when they were talking about the title.
“I think, to be fair, that if they got fourth and won the FA Cup, it would be a great season for them. They haven’t been at their best [against West Ham] but they are playing against teams that even if they aren’t at their best, they can win.
“Everton have won a couple of games in the last few weeks, against Sunderland away and Fulham where they haven’t been at their best. I think that there are games that they’ve got – Southampton away, City and United – where they are going to have to be at their absolute best to get full points.
“I don’t think Everton will get full points out of those games, that’s why I still think Arsenal will get fourth. We’ll see. But that’s where I think Arsenal still have the edge over Everton.”