Vermaelen thinks Arsenal are favourites

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has stated that his side are now favourites for third place in the Premier League, and has insisted that his team will be focusing on their own form and results, not Tottenham’s.

The Belgium international scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Everton on Wednesday, and with Spurs only drawing with Stoke the Gunners leapfrogged their rivals into third place.

Vermaelen is confident that the Emirates Stadium outfit will finish ahead of Harry Redknapp’s men, and is eyeing victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

“We are always confident [of staying third], especially if we keep winning games as we are,” the commanding centre back told The Guardian.

“But we won’t be looking at Tottenham, only ourselves. That’s the important thing for us, not what other clubs are doing.

“Yes [Arsenal are favourites to finish third], we just have to keep the focus on our own performance. At the moment we have had some good results against some difficult teams. We have shown good mentality.

“Being in the Champions League is very important to the club, and we know that finishing third gives you straight qualification for it.

“Finish fourth and you have to play a qualifier. But it’s not going to be easy, we know that, because there are still a lot of games to play. We’ll stay focused and see how far we go,” he confessed.

By Gareth McKnight