By Aramide Oladipo
Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale believes that Arsenal won’t finish in the top four this season and claims that manager Arsene Wenger should take a lot of the blame for not changing his formation earlier on.
Following a dismal performance in the 3-0 defeat away at relegation threatened Crystal Palace in April, Wenger decided to change to a back three for the first time in almost 20 years.
Since the tactical switch, Arsenal have won six of their last seven matches in all competitions including a 2-1 win over Manchester City to progress to the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
The upturn in form has given the Gunners a glimmer of hope in their bid to qualify for the Champions League next season as they are currently three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the league table.
When asked about their top four chances on Sky Sports HQ’s Tuesday morning Premier League Daily show (11am), pundit Tony Gale stated: “This is the year, I believe, they’re going to come unstuck.”
“Arsenal have done extremely well since they changed their style,” he added.
“Conte realised that his style wasn’t right and he changed it early in the season but Arsene Wenger never changed personnel or style and when he has changed the tactics to a three, they’ve looked so much better.
“You have to question the manager this season because it hasn’t been right.
“If things are not right you’ve got to change something and they didn’t change it when they were playing so poorly.”
Arsenal have a chance to add pressure to those above them in the table as they welcome already relegated Sunderland to the Emirates on Tuesday evening.
A place in the top four is currently out of Arsenal hands because if both Liverpool and Manchester City win their remaining matches, the Gunners will be playing Europa League football next season.
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