Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes Arsenal and Manchester City are not in contention for the Premier League title following Leicester City’s victory on Monday.
League leaders Leicester consolidated their five-point advantage ahead of Tottenham with a hard-fought 1-0 win against lowly Newcastle United.
The result left Arsenal 11 points adrift, while City are a point further back, though both teams have a match in hand.
However, Koeman said there is only one other challenger to Leicester remaining.
“It will be a fight between Tottenham and Leicester,” Koeman said via Sky Sports.
“In my opinion, that’s the difference between before and after this result. It’s a new situation for Leicester.
“Eleven points from Arsenal, 12 points from Manchester City, they are out of the title.”
“Tottenham are still close, but it’s now a fight between two teams,” Koeman added.
“Before this game it was still a fight between four or five. That’s the difference and it starts to run in your mind as a Leicester player.
“Before today the manager [Claudio Ranieri] was still mentioning the Europa League but after the result, they have Champions League. Now it’s about second or first place. That’s the title and it’s a different situation to what it was before the game.”