Arsenal overtake Tottenham but are ‘OVERACHIEVING’
ARSENAL are “overachieving this season” under Unai Emery as the Gunners overtake Tottenham in the Premier League, says Chris Sutton.
Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-0 on Monday night to leapfrog Spurs into third place in the Premier League.
Spurs had been gunning for the title this season but have seen that challenge fall away in recent weeks.
And Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side - who have had the upper hand in the north London rivalry since December 2017 - are behind the Gunners once again.
Arsenal waltzed to victory against a spiritless Newcastle side and there is now genuine hope among the fanbase that they can qualify for next season’s Champions League.
And Sutton reckons Emery has the tools to get the job done - although succeeding with a top-four finish may be a surprise.
“Arsenal were really, really impressive,” Sutton said on BBC 5Live.
“They have been flying at the Emirates all season.
“When you think about it, the top four looked too far away at the start of the season but it's in their hands now.
“Five (wins) out of the last seven are away now for them.
“They limited Newcastle to very few chances.
“You feel Arsenal fans are right behind Emery. In some ways they are overachieving this season.”
Arsenal took the lead through Aaron Ramsey, because Alexandre Lacazette secured the points late in the second half.
Ramsey will leave Arsenal at the end of the season to join Juventus on a free transfer.
And Sutton reckons the Wales international will be sorely missed.
“Aaron Ramsey was sensational in the first half,” Sutton said.
“I think what he's saying to Arsenal fans this season - he is showing them what they will miss.
“He was sublime tonight. He is playing with such a clear mind.”
Ramsey ended up coming off on 67 minutes with an injury.
And Unai Emery is hoping the set-back doesn’t rule him out for too long.
"We are in a good moment but each match is a new test,” Emery said.
“I hope Aaron Ramsey's injury is not serious.
“The doctor is thinking it's a small injury.
"We are improving. Today we can finish third, but the next match against Everton is difficult.
“Our rivals are going to win a lot of matches."