100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Paul Merson left with egg on his face as he makes Arsenal and Tottenham top four U-turn
Arsenal are still in control of their own destiny in the top four race but Tottenham are breathing down their…
Paul Merson gives fresh top four verdict following Arsenal's defeat to Tottenham
Paul Merson believes Spurs now hold the upper hand heading into the final two games of the season, with Arsenal…
Gary Neville tips Tottenham to grab top four spot over ‘lightweight’ Arsenal
Even though Arsenal remain ahead and can claim the top four with two wins, Neville is predicting Mikel Arteta’s side…
Tottenham news: Antonio Conte slammed as Spurs in Paulo Dybala transfer boost
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has been criticised for saying Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta "complains alot" as Paulo Dybala's agent…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Antonio Conte's key Tottenham tweak that fixed his first major concern to help scare Arsenal
Tottenham have only conceded five goals in their last nine Premier League games to give themselves a chance of Champions…
Paul Merson accuses Mikel Arteta of 'losing the plot' in Arsenal's defeat at Tottenham
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson blamed Gunners boss Mikel Arteta for their north London derby disaster and predicts results in…
Get all your news in one place
Latest Sport news:
Rangers vs Hearts live stream: How can I watch Scottish Cup Cup final for FREE on TV in UK today?
Rangers need to quickly bounce back from their Europa League final disappointment as they turn their attentions to the Scottish…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
How to watch F1 Spanish GP qualifying today: TV channel and live stream for sixth pole position of 2022
A huge battle for pole position takes place today in qualifying for the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix.
Rangers vs Hearts: Prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results - Scottish Cup final
Rangers must dust themselves down quickly as they prepare for their second final in the space of a few days.
From Star to Silver Fern to social worker
Following in the footsteps of her mum, Stars midcourt livewire and Silver Fern Mila Reuelu-Buchanan is starting a new career…
F1 Spanish Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc takes pole in scintillating final lap at Max Verstappen’s expense
Charles Leclerc pulled out a scintillating final lap to take pole position for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix and continue his…
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
F1 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying LIVE! Latest updates & news as Charles Leclerc dramatically takes pole
F1 Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying - LIVE!
DRS fault caused Verstappen's Spanish GP Q3 slowdown
Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says a DRS problem caused Max Verstappen to abort his final Spanish…

Paul Merson left with egg on his face as he makes Arsenal and Tottenham top four U-turn

By Chris Doyle

Paul Merson has performed a U-turn on who will finish inside the top four following Arsenal's heavy defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby.

Spurs are only a point behind their city rivals following their emphatic 3-0 victory on Thursday as Harry Kane bagged a brace for Antonio Conte's men. For Arsenal, it was an evening to forget with Rob Holding sent off in the first half for two quick bookings after various altercations with Son Heung-min, who was also on the scoresheet.

The Gunners are still in control of their own destiny in the top four race but have to travel to Newcastle on Monday night, followed by a home game against Everton on the final day of the Premier League season. Meanwhile, Spurs host Burnley before an away game against relegated Norwich City.

And former Arsenal star Merson reckons Mikel Arteta's men will crumble under the pressure despite saying last month that they would secure Champions League football.

The Highbury legend wrote in his Daily Star column : "I could not believe what I was watching. They have opened the door to the top four now and I’d be shocked if Tottenham don’t win their last two games.

"I can’t see Arsenal winning their last two games. Newcastle in their last home game of the season is a difficult game because they will have a point to prove. Everton at the Emirates Stadium? You’d take that. Everton have picked up results lately. But Jordan Pickford has had to make a load of top class saves.

"If Arsenal win their last two games then fair play but for a young team like that to come back from a derby defeat like that and do it, that would be a big feat. I just don’t see how Arsenal handle the pressure. They didn’t handle it at Spurs."

Harry Kane scored twice against Arsenal (PA)

Will Arsenal finish in the top four? Let us know in the comment section below

Merson's latest comments could hardly be more different from what he said last month, when he called Spurs a "one-man team" with Harry Kane and predicted Arsenal would pounce on any slip-ups from Conte's side. He said: "Spurs are all about Harry Kane. If Kane turns up, they can beat anybody.

"He turned up at the Etihad a few weeks back, was a nine out of ten, and they win the game. Now he's turned up against West Ham and Newcastle and they've won those games comfortably and put themselves back in the race. As long as he turns up, they're alright. But he didn't turn up at Burnley and they lost.

"For me, they're a one-man team because he's the engine. If you own a Ferrari it's no good without an engine in it and he's the engine. For me, as long as Harry Kane keeps turning up, Spurs will be in there and Arsenal will be in trouble. But surely he can't keep performing this well for the rest of the season? As soon as he has one of those off-days Spurs will slip up and Arsenal will pounce."

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Paul Merson left with egg on his face as he makes Arsenal and Tottenham top four U-turn
Arsenal are still in control of their own destiny in the top four race but Tottenham are breathing down their…
Paul Merson gives fresh top four verdict following Arsenal's defeat to Tottenham
Paul Merson believes Spurs now hold the upper hand heading into the final two games of the season, with Arsenal…
Gary Neville tips Tottenham to grab top four spot over ‘lightweight’ Arsenal
Even though Arsenal remain ahead and can claim the top four with two wins, Neville is predicting Mikel Arteta’s side…
Tottenham news: Antonio Conte slammed as Spurs in Paulo Dybala transfer boost
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has been criticised for saying Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta "complains alot" as Paulo Dybala's agent…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Antonio Conte's key Tottenham tweak that fixed his first major concern to help scare Arsenal
Tottenham have only conceded five goals in their last nine Premier League games to give themselves a chance of Champions…
Paul Merson accuses Mikel Arteta of 'losing the plot' in Arsenal's defeat at Tottenham
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson blamed Gunners boss Mikel Arteta for their north London derby disaster and predicts results in…
Get all your news in one place