Arsenal have almost confirmed their Champions League qualification for next season after their4-1 win over Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday. The Gunners have been very impressive in the past month or so and after a string of impressive victories in the Premier League.
The North London club have won 7 games on the trot in the Premier League and will go into the last seven games with great momentum. With 7 games left in the Premier League, we need to take 21 points to even have a chance at surpassing Chelsea, which looks a bit too far fetched at the moment, but can we go on to beat the Manchester clubs for the second place?
There is every reason to believe that Arsenal can indeed end the season in second place. The Gunners have a one point cushion to United and two to defending champions Manchester City, who have a game in hand. But the Citizens are struggling at the moment and have lost ground on leaders Chelsea, while the Red Devils are in good form but are just grinding results.
Man City – Remaining fixtures: Crystal Palace (a), Manchester United (a), West Ham United (h), Aston Villa (h), Tottenham Hotspur (a), Queens Park Rangers (h), Swansea City (a), Southampton (h)
Arsenal – Remaining fixtures: Burnley (a), Chelsea (h), Hull City (a), Swansea City (h), Manchester United (a), Sunderland (h), West Bromwich Albion (h)
Man Utd – Remaining fixtures: Man City(h), Chelsea(a), Everton(a), West Brom(h), Crystal Palace(a), Arsenal(h), Hull City(a)
Watching at the remaining fixtures for these 3 teams, United seem to be having the toughest schedule and I would be very surprised if the Red Devils are still challenging for the second place after their games against City, Chelsea and Everton.
City have difficult away trips to high flying Crystal Palace, rivals Manchester United, Spurs and Swansea, while home fixtures against West Ham and Southampton will also be tricky. Arsenal’s fixture are also not easy by any stretch of imagination, but the away trip to to Manchester United stands out as the most difficult.
The advantage we have is we will be playing the important games at home meaning that the fixtures favour us as compared to City. If we can continue the current form second place is for the taking for us. We still have a chance of challenging for the title, but as mentioned earlier we need to win all the remaining including the one against Chelsea and hope for favourable result elsewhere which is a bit too much to ask for now, i guess.
Can we beat the Manchester clubs to second place?