Arsenal have been tipped to turn north London red again this season by finishing above Tottenham in the Premier League table – for the first time in SIX years.
TalkSPORT specialist Tony Cascarino has offered his prediction for the next campaign and expects Mikel Arteta’s side to outdo their rivals.
The Gunners haven’t finished above Spurs since the 2015/16 campaign, when they finished second to champions Leicester City, and Spurs were only one point away from third.
But it had been a long time since either club had been so high in the rankings. Both London teams will look to improve after a mixed season last season, with Spurs finishing seventh and Arsenal one point out of eighth as rivals battled for form and consistent results.
A return to European football will be Arteta’s goal, with Arsenal facing their first season in 25 years without Champions League or Europa League competition.
And the Spaniard is already making strides in improving his squad, with the Gunners agreeing to Ben White’s £ 50million transfer to bolster their last four.
Spurs also face a crucial campaign, their first under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who has inherited a disjointed squad that could be shaken by the departure of star man Harry Kane this summer.
A top-four comeback is the dream of both teams, but Cascarino feels it’s far too unrealistic a goal.
But, he believes Arsenal will have the upper hand over Tottenham this season, and also expects Leicester to upset the big boys again.
“Arsenal have a huge challenge, they are going to invest and try to put together a team,” the talkSPORT Weekend Sports Breakfast host said.
“But I don’t see them placing themselves in front of the teams around them, even if the ambition is to be in the top four of the clubs.
“One of Arsenal or Tottenham will be in the top six, but one of them certainly won’t make it.
“I think of the two I would probably just have Arsenal ahead of Spurs, but not by much difference.
“I think Leicester will be in the top four, I think there will be some big clubs that miss this place.”
Cascarino also praised Arsenal’s business in their deal for Brighton and England center-back White.
talkSPORT understands that the north London side has pledged to pay Brighton the asking price of £ 50million, having previously rejected offers of £ 40million and £ 42million.
White has agreed personal terms with his potential new club, however, the five-year deal will not be reached until after he returns from vacation after his exploits with England at Euro 2020.
“He’s a very versatile defender, who ticks the box: can you play him in different positions, can you play him in four and three? Most definitely so, ”Cascarino said.
“I watched him at Leeds and Brighton and I think they grow into a very accomplished player of a certain age.”