Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restart

Martin Keown has rated Arsenal's Premier League top-four chances
Martin Keown has rated Arsenal’s Premier League top-four chances (Picture: Getty)

Martin Keown has revealed why he does not expect Arsenal to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, with the campaign set to resume next week.

The Gunners are currently ninth in the Premier League, eight points below fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand over most of their domestic rivals.

First up for Arsenal is a trip to defending champions Manchester City – where Arteta used to work – on June 17.

Asked whether he expects Arsenal to qualify for a Champions League place, Gunners legend Keown told MailSport: ‘Arsenal’s problem, for the last two and a half seasons, has been their away form. It’s their achilles heel.

‘In 2019-20, they’ve won twice on the road in 13 attempts, and their next three games are all away from home — against Manchester City, Brighton and Southampton.

‘Then later in the campaign, they face Wolves and Tottenham away, too, before travelling to Aston Villa.

‘If you’re a Manchester United player looking at those Arsenal fixtures, you’d be saying: “Good luck with that.” United have a slight head start and a more favourable run-in.

Mikel Arteta's side are currently ninth in the Premier League
Mikel Arteta’s side are currently ninth in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

‘Something affects this Arsenal group when they’re competing away from home, and I doubt they’ll make it into the Champions League because of that.’

Former Premier League star Chris Sutton added: ‘Arsenal won’t finish inside the top four but because of Manchester City’s European ban, they can go for fifth and that feels a more realistic target.

‘Mikel Arteta was appointed six months ago and before the break, we saw changes in their style. There was a bit of steel about them.

‘But they will require a hell of a run to finish fifth or higher.’

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