Arsenal receive major Champions League boost after fresh Man United and Tottenham setbacks

Arsenal have seen their chances of earning a place back in the Champions League increase significantly.

The Gunners are currently in the midst of a battle with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United for the right to finish in the top four come the end of the campaign.

The Hammers hold the advantage at the current time as they currently sit fourth on 41 points.

Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils sit just a point behind, while the Gunners are just a further point behind, albeit with three games in hand on West Ham.

It of course remains to be seen whether Mikel Arteta’s troops will be able to take advantage of that fact but the latest forecast from FiveThirtyEight appears to be in favour of the north Londoners.

At the current time, Arsenal have a 54% chance of qualifying for the Champions League next term – that having increased from just a 40% chance just under a week ago.

Meanwhile, the Gunners’ rivals have seen their own prospects of claiming a place at Europe’s top table take a significant hit.

After three consecutive defeats in the Premier League, the latest being at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham now have just a 14% chance. The outlook for the Red Devils is only slightly more positive with a 15% chance.

Elsewhere, David Moyes’ West Ham are the least-fancied at the current time, despite sitting fourth in the table. The Hammers have been handed just a 9% probability of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history following the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

The battle for the top four could be set to take a significant turn on Tuesday night.

Despite the Champions League returning for the first-leg of the round of 16 ties, Manchester United will actually be in Premier League action as they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford.

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