Arsenal need to show their class as Tottenham win Champions league spot

By Graham McNorthbank

It's been one arguably the hardest fought Premier League campaigns in the history of the competition and with just one match left this season there's still a lot to play for.

Anything other than a win for Chelsea this Sunday against Wigan could see Man United steal the crown, but our concerns lie with the visit of Fulham, who we need to draw with to secure third place.

A point would be enough, but for me a win is a must. However Fulham have proved this season that they are no mugs. They're in the Europa Cup final next Wednesday so they will no doubt rest players for the game at Emirates this weekend, but Arsenal's complacency has been their undoing in the past few weeks, so Arsene Wenger will have his job cut out to lift the spirits of his team.

Tottenham's win at Citeh last night means the Spuds will be playing Champions League football next season and backs up Harry Redknapp's claim that they have caught Arsenal up. That propaganda doesn't work on me, but if all that separates the two North London clubs at the end of the season is two points and a handful of goals, Arsenal only have themselves to blame.

We have dropped 11 of a possible 12 points in our last four Premier League games, when picking up those points would have seen us at the top of the table instead of nervously looking over our shoulders at our most bitter rivals.

So it's time for a bit of class on Sunday when Fulham come to visit and finishing the season in style, on a high.

Arsenal's shortcomings in recent weeks have underlined the need for a new goalkeeper and an overhaul of our defence. We all know that Wenger's mantra is that the team should get stronger season by season, but with that failing to be the case this year (goals conceded last year 37, this year 41; games lost last year 6, this year 9) he has the summer to come up with some answers in the form of new faces.

In the meantime our current first team has a task to fulfill this weekend and a convincing win is the order of the day on Sunday, securing third place and ensuring that the Spuds have to take on the tricky qualification round to make it into the group stages of the Champions League. My prediction: 3-0 to the Arsenal.