Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Arsenal

Monday, 09 March 2015, 19:45

The FA Cup Quarter-Final

Loftus Road Stadium

Last Game

QPR 1 - 2 Arsenal

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Lack of four sight

Jamie Carragher says Arsenal's shortage of pace means they are no longer the favourites to finish fourth.

Last Updated: 07/04/14 at 22:49 Post Comment

Arsenal: Champions League qualification now out of their hands

Arsenal: Champions League qualification now out of their hands

Arsene Wenger's side were beaten 3-0 by Everton on Super Sunday, a result that takes Champions League qualification out of their own hands as Roberto Martinez's side are just one point behind them with a game in hand.

Arsenal have spent 128 days on top of the Premier League this season, but Sky Sports expert Carragher now thinks there is a real possibility that they won't finish inside the top four - and he pointed to their slow play as the main reason.

He told Monday Night Football: "We knew the Everton game was always going to be a tough game. You can easily lose there - anyone can - because it's a tough place to go.

"It's the way they lost that's worrying. You watch that Arsenal team now and when I think of an Arsene Wenger team I think of power and pace.

"Watching this team I look at it and think it's weak and slow. That would be worrying. No matter who you play, if you haven't got that pace and strength in your team mentally and physically, even if the fixtures are kind it's going to be difficult for them.

"That's probably one of the slowest Arsenal teams I've seen under Arsene Wenger and that's a massive worry for them.

"With the energy Everton showed in that game I think you would probably have to say they were favourites - but I will change my mind next week!"

Never disappointed

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville agrees there is a real possibility that Arsenal could fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1996.

They have reached for Europe's top club competition in each of Arsene Wenger's 16 years in charge and Neville suspects that run will continue because Everton have a trickier run-in with Manchester City still to visit Goodison Park.

However, he says Arsenal's form - the fourth worst in the Premier League in the last six games - suggests they could fall short.

Neville said: "They've never disappointed us in seasons gone by in seeing the job out and recovering. They have shown spirit.

"You just wonder whether this could be one season too far and whether Everton have got such a momentum with them.

"My gut instinct still tells me Arsenal will hang on in there because of their fixtures against Everton's, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was finally the year that Arsenal didn't get into the Champions League space.

"At the moment, the signs are there and it's worrying."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

P

laying badly and winning is the mark of champions, they say - but surely that's only true if you *occasionally* play badly and still manage to win on those occasions, while actually looking like champions the rest of the time? I've no idea what United's current performance level is the mark of

stevenjameshyde
When Do You Worry About Winning?

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

Footer 365

Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse involved in 'spitting' incident during Newcastle-Manchester United clash

The FA is reviewing an incident during Newcastle's clash with Manchester United when Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse appeared to spit at each other.

Newcastle 0-1 Man United: Evans and Cisse accused of spitting as visitors leave it late...

Manchester United nicked a 1-0 win at Newcastle but Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse were involved in an unsavoury incident.

Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct over Steve Bruce bust-up

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct over his touchline confrontation with Steve Bruce.

Mail Box

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

Look Away Now Please, Sherwood...

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company