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Jol backs Wenger, Arsenal for top four

Created on 20 Apr., 2013 5:06 AM GMT

Fulham manager Martin Jol has backed Arsenal to secure a top-four finish this season under Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal, who travel to face Fulham on Saturday, sit fourth in the Premier League, two points clear of Tottenham, although Andre Villas-Boas' men have a game in hand on their north London rivals.

Jol was a fierce rival of Wenger's during the Dutchman's time in charge of Spurs between 2004 and 2007, and backed his French counterpart to guide Arsenal into Europe's elite competition.

"I admire him, he is an unbelievable manager," Jol told reporters.

"Of course you have got your problems now and then if you meet each other.

"He is emotional, he wants to win but even this season if you look at them they have been under pressure.

"Then they had an unbelievable win at Bayern, they came back and other teams like Chelsea, Spurs and Everton are fighting for a top-three, top-four spot. They are doing it again and I think they will make the top four."

Fulham extended their recent unbeaten run against Arsenal to four matches when they held the Gunners to a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

A similar good record against west London neighbours Chelsea, five games unbeaten, ended in a 3-0 defeat on Wednesday, and Jol does not want a repeat against Arsenal.

"I can remember the team struggling here," he said, referring to Arsenal's fortunes at Craven Cottage.

"But, for example, we have done very well against Chelsea over the last four games and then we lost 3-0.

"Arsenal have done ever so well the last couple of months. They are on the top now and they want to play Champions League football.

"Hopefully we can get back to winning ways because that is important."

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