Martin Keown delivers verdict on Arsenal top-four chances, criticises 28-year-old
By Will Butcher
Martin Keown believes Arsenal will miss out on a place in the Premier League’s top-four places despite their 2-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night.
Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners hope of qualifying in the Champions League as they have three games to claw back Liverpool’s four-point advantage.
Liverpool have just two games left and will be looking over their shoulders.
Speaking to Alan Brazil’s sports breakfast show on talkSPORT (Thursday, 6am), Gunners icon Keown claims Liverpool are still favourites to qualify for the Champions League.
Keown also criticised the inconsistent displays of Alexis Sanchez, claiming the 28-year-old has hit a run of form too late in the season and claimed he could be playing for a move.
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“Huge win for Arsenal,” Keown said. “I can’t see them finishing in the top four. Liverpool have two games left, West Ham away for Liverpool is tough but if they win there then I expect them to limp over the line.
“Arsene Wenger has shown a good reaction to the terrible form they were in and is heading into the cup final. I can’t see them doing it, but every year they get back on track at the last minute.
“Alexis Sanchez has turned up too late this season, but he could be playing for a move.”
Sanchez broke the deadlock in the second half with a brilliant effort that saw him sell a dummy to two Southampton defenders before finishing under goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Former Barcelona star Sanchez then supplied an inch-perfect cross to Aaron Ramsey, who headed across goal to give Giroud an easy chance to head home from close range.
The win sees Wenger’s side move within four points of Liverpool and three of Man City, but they have a game in hand over Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Arsenal next face a difficult trip to Stoke City on Saturday evening and will be keen to earn a repeat of the reverse fixture that saw the Gunners win 3-1 against the Potters at the Emirates Stadium in December.
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