Carragher explains Spurs, Man Utd edge over Arsenal race for top four

Jamie Carragher has explained an edge Tottenham and Manchester United have over Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification.

The Gunners lost 2-0 to Liverpool at the Emirates on Wednesday night, but still hold the crucial fourth spot in the Premier League.

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They are one point above United in fifth having played two games fewer, and three points above Spurs having played one game fewer.

Despite that advantage, Carragher believes “special” players like Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Cristiano Ronaldo could give those teams the all important advantage in their bid to finish fourth, though he thinks Arsenal “will just do it”.

Carragher said: “The fight for Arsenal is to get into the top four. Forget Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City.

“The results have been poor against them. It doesn’t matter what your results are like against certain teams – it’s how many points you get [at the end of the season].

“And they’re in a fight with Tottenham, and they’re in a fight with West Ham, and Manchester United. The difference tonight when I watch Arsenal is I think Arsenal are a better team than United and Tottenham but they’ve got individuals who can do special things, like Harry Kane and [Heung-min] Son, or Ronaldo.

“That’s probably what they lacked tonight. [Martin] Odegaard gets that chance, Harry Kane probably puts that in or Ronaldo puts that in.

“But I think the team he’s set up, the togetherness, the way they play, it looks like a proper team. A well-coached team and I think they’ll just do it.”

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Arteta admitted Liverpool’s ruthlessness was the difference at the Emirates on Wednesday.

He said: “It was the difference today.

“I don’t think there was any other difference apart from that. I think we have closed that gap a lot, but it wasn’t enough because when we went through that door and they went through that door, they scored two goals.

“I’m not happy with the goals that we conceded, but it’s part of the game and when you have those chances you have to take them to get something out of it.”

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