Arsenal’s final position predicted by Jamie Carragher after recent strong run

Jamie Carragher does not expect Arsenal to challenge for the Premier League top four despite their impressive run of form.

The Gunners won five of their previous six Prem matches ahead of Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.

It had seen Mikel Arteta’s side back into the top half of the table following a tricky start to the new season.

Though Liverpool legend Carragher can’t even see Arsenal finishing in the top six places come the end of the campaign.

Speaking ahead of the clash with United, Carragher said on Sky Sports: "To be honest, I called for that a while ago, in terms of bringing young players in.

“I think they have a good group of young players, the standout one is Saka. He's missing today but Emile Smith Rowe, I've been hugely impressed with him.

"It was something we've mentioned, the older players they were buying; David Luiz is still in the team at this moment.

“But I think when you bring young players in, there's an element more of patience from supporters as well.

"They are going through a great run of form. I still don’t see them making the top six. I don't think they're quite good enough.

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“They're not as bad as they were when I was watching them six to eight weeks ago at Goodison Park when they were really poor.

"They are in a great run of form now. They are somewhere in between. I still think it will be difficult for them to break into the top six this season."

Arteta has been full of praise for the way his side have bounced back from a poor run.

"I am really impressed with the resilience that we have shown as a team and how we have been through those difficult moments," he said.

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"I think that's really important. You really see the people, the players, the characters and the values of a club when things are not going well.

“When things are going well it's easy, everybody wants to be on the front page and with a smile to it.

"I think it's been a really good test, to test again our character but as well, how we communicate and how we deal with pressure. I must say that I have been really impressed with that.”

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