Aston Villa have emerged into a real threat for Champions League qualification but I think that it will be a step too far for them this season.
Martin O'Neill has done a fantastic job at the club and he has turned Aston Villa into a real force in the Premiership. Their 2-0 victory over us at the Emirates proves this.
Aston Villa fully deserved that win and have players like Young and Abgonlahor who are becoming fantastic players.
Young is a Gooner too! I'd love to see him in an Arsenal shirt!
I mean no disrespect to Aston Villa but I can see them falling away from the top four in the new year. They will finish fifth in my opinion, and that will be a great achievement in itself.
Arsenal will strengthen in January, we have too. I think the likely additions will inspire Arsenal and push us on to finish in the top four comfortably.
Without sounding arrogant it worries me slightly that Arsenal are worried about Aston Villa competing with us for fourth place.
The gap between us and the other top four sides seems to have widened whilst the gap between us and the likes of Aston Villa seems to have narrowed.
It will continue to narrow unless we strengthen the squad, because I'm sure Martin O'Neill will add to his set of players.
I'm sure Aston Villa fans will believe they can finish in the top four and why not? They are firmly in the mixer. They certainly pose a much larger threat than Tottenham do!
I just think it will be a step too far for them this season. Arsenal are due a run of games where we win 7-8 on the trot and that will prove too much for Villa.
Aston Villa also are in the running for Europe, same as Arsenal, but Arsenal have more experience coping with the situation.
I'm sure I saw a stat that Villa have only used 17 players in the Premiership this season. They will be tired later on in the season and I wonder how Young and Abgonlahor will cope without having a rest.
Keep it Goonerish................