Ian Wright has claimed that Mikel Arteta has done ‘brilliantly’ with this Arsenal squad, as Tottenham were handed a boost in the race to finish in the Champions League places.
Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Monday night to, more than likely, blow their chances of finishing in the top four.
All Tottenham need to do now is earn a point away at already-relegated Norwich City on Sunday and they will be playing Champions League football next season.
There’s no doubt the Gunners have shot themselves in the foot because, last Thursday, they were one win away from Champions League football and it is now out of their hands.
After the game, Wright told Premier League Productions (16/05/22 at 9:55 pm) that Arsenal have ‘overachieved’ this season, as he shared his thoughts on Tottenham as well.
“If we are going to be totally honest, we overachieved getting in there,” said Wright. “There are teams that should be doing a lot better than us with the squads they have got.
“Tottenham have shown, even during an indifferent season, they have got themselves probably that fourth squad.
“This is a young squad. Mikel Arteta has done brilliantly with them. What we are seeing is that there isn’t enough experience and enough signings for them to, at a stage of the season, perform and win games to get it done.
“We didn’t have the quality. The intensity. We didn’t have that experience. I said it at the start of the season. Sixth-placed would be good for us. I don’t think they should be too disappointed because it was a little bit out of reach.”
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Not many Tottenham fans will probably believe what is happening because, only last week, Arsenal could have rocked up to their stadium and secured Champions League football.
But, they outclassed Arsenal to pile the pressure on Arteta’s players, and they didn’t react because they deservedly lost at Newcastle.
Now, Spurs only need a point at Norwich and Antonio Conte has guided the club to a top-four finish.
It will be interesting to see how all of this will be viewed at the end of the season and what will happen during the summer transfer window to boot.
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