By Will Butcher
Tony Cascarino believes fifth is the highest Arsenal can achieve this season after failing to overcome high-flying rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
The two sides drew 2-2 in an enthralling encounter at the Emirates Stadium that saw City take the lead twice, only to be pegged back by the Gunners.
Former Chelsea striker Cascarino claimed in his Times column that Arsenal will miss out on the top four this season, claiming fifth is the highest position that they can achieve.
He also believes 21-year-old Leroy Sane will have more of an impact than Gunners playmaker Mesut Ozil next season, if the latter remains in north London.
“A draw at home to their title rivals feels as good as it gets for Arsenal. And that sums up their problems because it’s not enough,” Cascarino said.
“For Arsenal, if Wenger does stay, maybe a point for fifth place is as much as they can hope for. Leroy Sané is a class act and will be more effective than Mesut Özil next season.”
Currently in sixth place, Arsenal are just one point above seventh placed Everton and are a huge seven points behind Liverpool, who occupy fourth place on 58 points.
City took the lead in just the fifth minute, as German youngster Sane found the back of the net by rounding goalkeeper David Ospina to score his fifth goal in 10 league and cup outings.
England international Theo Walcott equalised when he bundled the ball home in the 40th minute, but the Gunners could not hold on until the break.
Aguero restored City’s lead just before half time with a well-placed effort, but City were pegged back again by the Gunners as Shkodran Mustafi rose highest to head home an Ozil corner.
Both sides are in action during the week, with Arsenal going up against London rivals West Ham at home while City travel to league leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.
In other Arsenal news, here are three things we learned from the 2-2 draw on Sunday.