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Carragher makes Premier League top four prediction after Man Utd’s draw with Arsenal

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 12:32, 2 October 2019

Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea’s chances of finishing in the Premier League’s top four have grown following Manchester United and Arsenal playing out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Frank Lampard’s men currently sit in seventh after seven matches played, but a point away from the coveted fourth spot, which is presently being occupied by the Gunners.

Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal: Five key things to know…

  • No fewer than nine shots on target were produced across the 90 minutes.
  • Man Utd went in front just before half-time through Scott McTominay’s first goal at Old Trafford.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would equalise for Arsenal early into the second half.
  • The result leaves Man Utd with just one win in their last six league games, albeit three points off fourth.
  • Arsenal’s last Premier League win away to Man Utd came in 2006.

A tentative start, which saw them lose away to Man Utd on the opening weekend, has seen them win three of their last five outings, including the recent 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Before the 2019/20 season got underway, many observers felt the championship will be ultimately decided between Liverpool and Manchester City, meaning two Champions League places were up for grabs.

Chelsea pipped Spurs to third place in the Premier League last season and after watching both Man Utd and Arsenal put on a lethargic display, Carragher believes they were the biggest winners moving forward, as they’ve shown more quality in the initial phase of this campaign.

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“The one team looking at that tonight who will be encouraged is Chelsea,” he told Sky Sports.

“At the start of the season, I thought Chelsea might struggle to get into the top-four. It will still be a fight but even in these early stages, they have more quality than what we have seen from these two teams.”