April 25, 2019

‘Arsenal, out of Champions League race’

February 13, 2019
Unai Emery, Arsenal manager

Graeme Souness has ruled Arsenal out of the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot, claiming it is a two-horse race between Manchester United and Chelsea.

United currently occupy fourth place on 51 points but the Gunners sit just one point and one place behind them having moved above sixth-placed Chelsea after the Blues’ 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.

However, despite the margins between the three sides being so slim, Souness still insists it will go down to Chelsea and Man Utd for the final Champions League spot.

Ahead of Chelsea’s defeat at the Etihad, he said (via the Evening Standard): “It’s a straight fight between Chelsea and Manchester United for fourth now, but Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders because United are dangerous and, right now, the momentum is there with them and they are on a roll.”

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When Jose Mourinho was sacked as Man Utd manager back in December, the Red Devils sat 11 points behind Chelsea who occupied a top-four spot at the time.

However, a remarkable turnaround in fortunes under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen the Red Devils leapfrog the Blues in the Premier League table.

Souness, though, has warned that the loan-signing of Gonzalo Higuain has turned the Stamford Bridge club into a much more dangerous side.

“Chelsea will win more games with Higuain scoring goals for them,” he added. “But we will have to wait and see if he can take them to fourth place.”

Chelsea and United face off in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday.

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