Sky Sports pundit hopeful of Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish

Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas believes the Gunners have a reasonable chance of finishing in the top four this season after building up a four-match winning streak. The north Londoners begun the season in the worst possible way after back-to-back losses at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea but they have since been propping up the table with four successive victories.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas admitted that he did not see the Gunners making the top four at the beginning but their fortunes could change over the course of the season with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur not replicating the form from the previous campaign, he said: “At the moment I am pleased with the response from the first two defeats, everybody can see we have a real problem trying to adjust to the new manager’s policy defensively. My prediction at the start of the season was that Arsenal and Chelsea were going to be the two to miss out because there was too much toing and froing. I think that gap has closed for them because Man United are average and Spurs are struggling a little bit.”
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Paul Scholes speaks about Manchester United’s title prospects

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Paul Scholes does not see the Red Devils competing for the Premier League title this season. United made good progress under Jose Mourinho last term as they secured the runner-up spot for the first time since the Alex Ferguson era but Scholes feels there is more work to do before they can close the gap on reigning champions Manchester City.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “I just don’t see United getting closer to City. City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about and Manchester United seem to be not too sure what’s going on.When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don’t think they [Man Utd] have the quality of those two teams at the minute.”
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LVG optimistic after defeating Manchester City

Manchester United claimed a 1-0 triumph over their rivals Manchester City and this was a huge victory for Louis van Gaal and his team as they are in need of every point that they can get in order to have any chance of finishing this season of the Premier League in a top 4 spot, which is the main objective that the Dutch coach wants to accomplish in this campaign.


If Manchester United does manage to secure a top 4 position in the Premier League, it will allow the club to compete in the Champions League of the upcoming season and this is the major reason of why Louis van Gaal is hoping that he can at least seal the 4th spot of the top tier English League.


After his team claimed a 1-0 victory over Manchester City, the Dutch coach spoke about the performance of Manchester United and voiced his thoughts about the chances that his team has to snatch a Champions League spot.


“I have said that we must win this game and we have done it so I am very happy because otherwise the gap was too big if they won, or a draw and the gap was still four points then it is very difficult. Now it is in our hands. We have to win our games. We have more home matches than away matches. We don’t lose often at Old Trafford.’’


“I have seen the dressing room after the match and it was fantastic, the happiness. I don’t think we have had a lot of luck this season and now we have a big result against Man City at the Etihad Stadium.’’ Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal said.


Depending on the results that Louis van Gaal manages to make from this point on this will play a major role in the future of the Dutch coach as he is constantly being linked with a departure from Old Trafford and there are even a number of managers who are being short-listed, one of the coaches who is rumored of turning into the new coach of Manchester United is Jose Mourinho. Lucky Lane Podcast: Ep. IX – iDebit Casinos Guide