Manchester United legend Gary Neville has backed Tottenham Hotspur to finish above Arsenal in the race for top-four this season.
Spurs clinched a 3-0 victory over their fierce rivals on Thursday night thanks to a first-half brace from Harry Kane before Son Heung-min wrapped up the scoring just after the break. The result means Antonio Conte ‘s side are now just one point behind the Gunners with just two Premier League games left before the season concludes.
Now, Neville has predicted the Lillywhites to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, claiming that Arsenal’s remaining fixtures are much harder. “I think Tottenham will beat Burnley and Arsenal will have to win their last two matches – but I’m not sure they will”, he told Sky Sports.
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“Tonight was a really big blow – I might be wrong and I’m neutral between these two clubs – but I do feel now if I had to put money on it, it would be on Tottenham.” Neville also claimed that failing to finish fourth could be huge in shaping the career of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
The former England right-back added: “It almost shapes his career and determines whether he is a success or not, but I think Mikel Arteta has done a very good job for Arsenal. Getting a Champions League place would mean he has won the FA Cup and taken them into the top four – he’s starting to build a successful CV.
“If he doesn’t get top four and Conte does, it will start to come down on him a little bit. I think he has a long career in the game, so it’s not going to be dependent on what happens on Monday.
“But these steps up the ladder and these leg-ups that you need as a manager and these little bits of luck… We will see if Lady Luck will be on his side next week.”
Source by Football London