Arsenal strengthen chances of a top four finish
There is little doubt that the main aim for Emery at the start of the season was to ensure the club is playing Champions league football next season. The Gunners can still qualify through the Europa league and recently secured their progression to the next round following the second leg victory over Rennes. However, it is through a top four finish that Arsenal need to look for as we move into the latter stages of the Premier league season.
Arsenal entered a very important fixture as they welcomed the resurgent Manchester United to the Emirates. United were of course coming off the back of a stunning victory over PSG, which secured their passage into the next round of the Champions league. This was also another victory on the lengthy unbeaten run under Solskjaer. This was an overall close encounter as expected, but Arsenal took their chances, through an early 12th minute strike from Granit Xhaka, before Aubameyang put the game to bed in the 69th minute through a penalty. This was a very important victory for Arsenal in not only stopping the run of Manchester United, but also pushing themselves back into the top four.
Arsenal will now be very hopeful of finishing in those Champions league spaces, as rivals Tottenham continue to falter following their strong start to the season. They are now just a point ahead of Arsenal, but have several tough looking fixtures remaining. Arsenal are now a general 8/11 to secure the coveted spot and have been a popular selection with those using the Matchbook bonus code, and following the defeat, Manchester United have now drifted out to around 6/4.
There is little doubt that Arsenal have one of the most favourable run ins of the top sides, with no fixtures remaining against any of the sides around them. These fixtures include away games against Wolves, Everton, Watford, Leicester and finally Burnley. Wolves have been one of the surprise packages this season with their impressive attacking football, so they are likely to pose the biggest threat of those sides listed.
Arsenal then also have three remaining home games to play this season against Newcastle, Crystal Palace and finally Brighton. The Gunners have always finished out their recent seasons in strong form, so will be more than hopeful of taking home maximum points from these three fixtures.
If Arsenal can continue this form following the recent victory against Manchester United, then they should have little trouble securing Champions league football next season. This would surely then go down as a successful opening season for the new manager, and exciting times for the club moving forward as they not only look to challenge for the Champions league again but also for the Premier league title.