Arsenal legend backs Arsenal to pip Chelsea in the race for top four

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Many believe that Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea will seal a top three finish, but the race to finish fourth seems a difficult one at the moment, with Arsenal, West Ham, Manchester United and Tottenham all fighting for a Champions League spot.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has even backed Arsenal to not only finish in the top four but pip Chelsea to a 3rd place finish.

Petit featured for both Arsenal and Chelsea during his playing days, but it was at Arsenal he played more games and had more impact.

The former France international believes Chelsea’s league form is questionable, as the Blues have drawn four of their last five league games to slip ten points behind defending champions Manchester City.

Arsenal who had a disastrous start to the season has now picked up form, and are 5th in the league having played a game less than 4th place West Ham.

Arsenal find themselves 8 points behind Chelsea, but they have played a game less.

Petit who won the Premier League title with the Gunners in 1998, told “Can Arsenal make the top four? If you asked me this question two months ago, I would have said it would be a miracle.

“But after what Arsenal have done in the last few months, they now have an opportunity.

“They had a terrible start to the season, but now – after six months of playing – they have the chance to qualify for the Champions League.

“Now everyone is changing their minds. Confidence is back, so is the quality and I just hope they don’t get any more injuries because that has been a big problem.

“With what is happening to Chelsea at the moment, you can imagine them dropping even more important points and it has you thinking that maybe third place could be a target for Arsenal as well.

“Honestly, the opportunity they have now is a gift for these Arsenal players, so they have to take it!”

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