Arsenal must forget Chelsea fantasy as fans urged to slow down despite winning run

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Arsenal fans must forget about finishing in the top three of the Premier League this season, claims former France defender Frank Leboeuf. Arsenal have won their last four league matches and sit six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham in fourth. The Gunners brushed aside Norwich 5-0 on Boxing Day to equal their biggest away win in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s young side have impressed many in recent weeks, especially following the adversity caused by the stripping of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as club captain.

But Arsenal face the toughest of tests on New Year’s Day when they host Manchester City at the Emirates.

Ex-Chelsea defender Leboeuf believes Arsenal deserve praise for their recent displays and results.

He reckons they can potentially compete with Chelsea on the pitch but not across a 38-game season, claiming any hopes of a top-three finish are “fantasy”.

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“Well I think we have to be a little bit nice with them,” Leboeuf said of Arsenal on ESPN FC.

“We’ve been very critical of them at the beginning of the season and the first two or three months.

“We all thought that maybe relegation would be at stake and at the end of the day they’re doing great.

“Of course they’ll have to match, and try to match, with top teams.

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“But I think they are still far away from Manchester City for example, maybe they can fight with Chelsea, and maybe they can do well.

“But I think against City and Liverpool, Arsenal are still far away and you have to be fair to the top clubs, they’re much superior to that team.

“They’re going with the flow, they’re doing great, they’re on a very good time right now of having good results.

“But I think we have to slow down a little bit, be just happy for the Gunners fans and the team.

“Everything’s going well in their perfect world but thinking that you can do much better than that and get one of the three spots at the top, that would be a complete fantasy for me.”

Arsenal’s home match against Wolves, which was scheduled for December 28, has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases in the visitors’ squad.

The Gunners have a number of players of their own doubtful for the clash with City on Saturday.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Calum Chambers all missed the Norwich win after testing positive for coronavirus.

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