Former Tottenham and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes Arsenal have put themselves in a great position to finish in the top four after yesterday’s win against West Ham.
It was a hard-fought victory at the London Stadium but, by securing the three points, Carrick feels the Gunners have done well to keep their chances of Champions League qualification in their own hands:
“They’ve had a terrific run. People ask questions, would you rather have the points in the bag, or would you rather be chasing the bottom pressure, I would much rather be in a position where it’s in your own hands, 100 percent. And that’s where they’ve found themselves so credit to them that have put themselves in this position because today was not an easy game for them. It gives them a great chance…”
“The Tottenham game is the one we’ve spoken about, it’s the obvious one but then the other games it’s not to say the other teams will win the rest of their games so it’s certainly all to play for.”
Arsenal are two points above Spurs with four games to go, and they are actually only three points adrift of Chelsea in third, which is some achievement considering the Blues were touted as title contenders only a few months ago.
As Carrick mentions, it does look like the North London derby on May 12th will prove decisive but Mikel Arteta’s side do have a tricky game against Leeds first that they have to navigate. It won’t be an easy match, even at home, with the Yorkshire club battling to avoid relegation.