Graham believes Arsenal will beat Spurs to Champions League

Former Arsenal and Spurs manager George Graham believes that the Gunners will edge out their North London rivals in the race for Champions League qualification, reports The Independent.

The Gunners sit two points behind Spurs with a game in hand, and so victory over Norwich on Saturday will put Arsene Wenger’s men in pole position for qualification to Europe’s top club competition next season.

Speaking to TalkSport, Graham said: “I fancy Arsenal [to finish in the top four]. I didn’t earlier in the season but now they’re favourites and could maybe even end up third.

“Tottenham have been outstanding this season. In the games I saw them play earlier this season I thought they would definitely be in the top four, but if you look at the fixture list they have got a very, very hard run-in. Arsenal’s only real tough game is away at Manchester United.

“Arsene Wenger has been under a lot of pressure and criticism this season, some of it is justified, but when it comes to the run in at the end of the season he’s been fantastic. They’re not the Arsenal of old but they’re picking up important points and playing with a lot of confidence.”

Spurs had looked odds-on favourites to qualify for next season’s tournament when they held a seven-point lead over their rivals, but a recent spell of bad form has seen the Gunners catch them up.

Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the Champions League once again have been boosted by the news that England internationals Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are set to return to the first team for the fixture.

Graham believes that this only bodes well for the Gunners: “Jack Wilshere is one of the few world-class players in the team. He was out for so long and they missed him.

“He’s not only got wonderful technical ability, but he’s a natural winner. They need that drive from midfield, without question.”

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