Ray Parlour reckons that Arsenal can finish in the top two this season if they continue to perform like they did against Spurs at the weekend.

After Arsenal’s impressive 2-0 win against Tottenham on Saturday, Parlour is convinced that Arsene Wenger’s side can finish in the top two this season if they continue to produce those types of performance.

“I just thought all-round they looked like they wanted it more, and I haven’t seen that a lot from Arsenal in certain games, especially in the bigger games,” the legend told talkSPORT.

“They were sharper, their high intensity runs were unbelievable, the defending was excellent and they got the goals at the right times.

“The closing down was superb. That’s the first time I’ve seen the front three [do that].

“Usually only one or two of them will close down, but all them did it – even Ozil.

“Ozil really played well. The shift he put in, I haven’t seen that from him this season.

“We talk about big players and him needing to turn up in big games, and he was man-of-the-match against Tottenham.

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“The high intensity of the game was there for Arsenal and they’ve got to push that on.

“The question for me is, can they do that every week now?

“If they can play like this week-in-week out, they’ll be very close to being in the top two or top three this season.

“There was something very different about that team at the weekend, we saw a little bit more desire and little more belief in the side to win the game.”

Spurs are in fourth place in the Premier League whereas Arsenal are in sixth. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are only one point ahead of the Gunners, who are level with Liverpool in fifth. Therefore, there’s not a great deal in between them at this stage. In fact, there’s only four points between Manchester United in second and Burnley in seventh.

It would take a lot to come second since Arsenal would have to rely on five teams – if you include Burnley – dropping points. However, it’s not that much of an outrageous claim.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are running away with the title after just 12 games played. They’re eight points ahead of United and 12 ahead of us. Pep Guardiola’s side would have to experience a major dip in form if they’re going to drop that many points. I don’t see it happening.

Second though, that would be nice.