The games are running out. Seven remain for Arsenal this season and they may have to win them all to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in six years.
At the start of the month, the Gunners were leading the race to the top four and controlling their own destiny. But three defeats in a row to Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton have put Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the pack and their superior goal difference could prove a deciding factor.
That said, Mikel Arteta’s side are still, technically, in a very good position to end their absence from the Champions League. Despite trailing Spurs by three points, if they can win their game in hand and continue to stay perfect by the end of the season, then there will be cause for celebration.
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Of course, that’s easier said than done as four of Arsenal’s seven remaining games are against teams in the top six of the Premier League table and perhaps their toughest game, at least on the paper, is against FA Cup finalists and current world champions Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Interestingly, the Gunners have a decent recent record against the Blues with three wins in their last five meetings – including a 1-0 victory in the corresponding fixture last season and are unbeaten in their last two trips to Stamford Bridge. If Arteta’s side can leave west London again with a positive result, it will certainly improve the mood at the club.
As it stands, 75 points will be enough to win the top-four race. But only one of Arsenal and Spurs can reach that tally as they face off in the revamped North London Derby on May 12, which is the Gunners’ penultimate away game of the 2021 campaign. /22 – so one or both will lose points. .
If the Gunners want to reach the aforementioned points tally, they need to win all of their remaining games including taking maximum points at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London Stadium and beating Manchester United at home in a perfect scenario.
Although considering that at least 67 points has been enough for fourth place in each of the past two Premier League seasons, it may be an indicator of what lies ahead for the top four. Arsenal need 13 more points to reach that tally which, in an ideal scenario, equates to four wins and a draw from the remaining seven matches.
Arsenal’s remaining matches
20/04 – Chelsea (a)
23/04 – Manchester United (h)
01/05 – West Ham (a)
08/05 – Leeds United (h)
12/05 – Tottenham (a)
16/05 – Newcastle (a)
22/05 – Everton (h)