Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of Champions League return after Europa League exit

Arsenal legend Martin Keown answers questions while working as a pundit for BT Sport
Keown does not fancy Arsenal’s chances (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty)

Martin Keown believes Arsenal will fail to qualify for the Champions League, following their shock Europa League exit to Olympiakos.

Mikel Arteta’s side were stunned in extra time on Thursday night, with Youseff El-Arabi’s late strike dumping them out of the competition.

It was the first defeat Arsenal have suffered in 2020 and it means the only way they can return to Europe’s premier competition is by finishing inside the top-four (or top-five if Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban is enforced).

Arsenal are currently ninth – seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Wolves all above them in the Premier League table.

But former Gunners centre-back Martin Keown isn’t convinced by their chances of climbing the table.

‘I dont think they will be able to do it,’ Keown told BT Sport.

‘You look at whats in front of them, Sheffield United, Wolves. You could say they could drop in form but I’ve seen no sign of that so far.

‘Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United look favourites to get there before Arsenal do.’

Arsenal aren’t involved in Premier League action this weekend and instead travel to Portsmouth for their fifth-round FA Cup tie at Fratton Park on Monday night.

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