Monday, 11 March 2019

The stat that shows why Arsenal are on track for a Champions League place.

The Gunners are now one point behind Spurs in third after Sunday's win over Manchester United




Arsenal are in a very good position to return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2016/17 campaign following Sunday's win over Manchester United.


The Gunners are now fourth in the Premier League table and are in the driving seat with eight games left to go.

Chelsea, who are in sixth at present, can draw level on 60 points with them providing they win their game in hand against Brighton & Hove Albion, although they would need to win by six goals to overtake Unai Emery's side in the table.

The good news for the Gunners heading into the final few games is that they don't have any of the top six sides left to play over the coming weeks.

 

Spurs still have Liverpool and Man City to come before the season is out, with Manchester United hosting City and Chelsea.

As well as a trip to Old Trafford for Maurizio Sarri's side, the Blues also face a crucial game at Anfield in April as they take on Liverpool.

One of the main reasons why Arsenal are in the top four at present is because their record against their rivals has improved drastically following Emery's appointment in place of Arsene Wenger.

As can be seen by the above image posted on Reddit by user adusumir, the Gunners have recorded six more points this season from the same games, while their goal difference has also improved after some big defeats last year.

We could also potentially be looking at a positive goal difference for this season as well had the team not completely collapsed in the first half against Liverpool in December after initially taking the lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles' goal.

The table shows that Arsenal's record against Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United has improved under the new head coach with the team picking up more points this season, whereas it has remained the same in the games against Liverpool and Man City.

 

The Gunners will be expected to carry on their impressive form at home in their remaining three games at the Emirates, but it could be the team's poor record away from home that could potentially trip them up come May in the race for the top four.

Everton and Wolves aren't the easiest grounds to get points from, while Burnley's not exactly the place you want to go on the final day of the season if you need a win to secure Champions League football.

Having seen a big improvement against the top six this term, Emery will be hoping to see the same next campaign as Arsenal look to get back in the Champions League on a permanent basis after two seasons away.

 

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