Peter Shilton believes Arsene Wenger is finally proving his critics wrong, after Arsenal recovered from a poor start to move up into the top-four.
Many had been calling for the Frenchman’s head following woeful form in the first few weeks of the campaign, but consecutive wins over Tottenham and Burnley have seen Arsenal in great shape to reclaim a Champions League spot.
— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) November 27, 2017
Arsenal performed poorly in the first few games of the season, losing to Stoke and Liverpool without scoring a single goal, and scraping past Leicester despite conceding three.
For some, this was all the proof they needed that the Gunners would finish lower than any of the other big-six teams, and that they had no chance of a top-four spot.
Things have changed since then. A great September and a decent October put the team back in contention, and the aforementioned wins over a couple of tough opponents have left Liverpool and Spurs playing catch up.
Spurs in particular have been much more disappointing than many expected, recently. First they lost to Manchester United, then scraped past 20th placed Crystal Palace 1-0, before being dominated by Arsenal and dropping two points to West Brom.
If Tottenham continue like that, I can definitely see Arsenal making the top-four this season. Liverpool don’t seem to be any better than they were last year, with exactly the same frailties at the back, and less success in the big games.
Arsenal only had to catch up one point on last year, so I think that’s definitely within the realms of possibility now.