Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have had a near perfect week in their battle for the top four this season. While the Gunners lost all three of their matches on return from the international break, victories over Chelsea and Manchester United have seen them rise back to fourth.
Favours from other clubs, such as Brentford and Brighton, have also helped their case as North London rivals Spurs dropped points and currently sit fifth. Arteta had his say on the top four race after the United win: “Today what was decisive is when you are 2-0 up and have total control of the game Ronaldo comes in out of nothing when he’s with Gabi and he manages to score the goal, then I think no one in this room would say we would win with Granit scoring from outside the box.
“This is the beauty of this game. I don’t control these things and I’m not trying to control them. But what I see is a team that is so willing, that gives the energy. The cohesion that they have in that stadium is phenomenal and it gives them a chance and it makes me believe we can do it.”
It leaves the Gunners in pole position to secure the last place in the top four, with five huge games left to guarantee a Champions League place next season. With that said, football.london takes a look at what is left to come for Arteta.
West Ham (A) – May 1
Up next for the Gunners is another close rival in West Ham. While the Hammers have had ambitions of a top four finish this season, those chances now seem slim.
David Moyes’ side will likely be intensely focused on the Europa League. With the side playing on Thursday in the semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, it could be an ideal time for the Gunners to play them.
Leeds United (H) – May 8
Jesse Marsch’s side isn’t completely out of danger yet. Leeds are currently five points clear of the drop zone, with Burnley and Everton still picking up results along the way.
It could mean that Arteta faces a United side that still have something to fight for, making the challenge tougher than it may seem.
Tottenham (A) – May 12
North London derbies are always big, but they may not come much bigger than this. Spurs are the closest side to Arsenal in the race for top four, adding extra pressure to take a result.
While bragging rights are certainly up for grabs, the outcome of this one may decide the final Champions League place altogether.
Newcastle (A) – May 16
While they were in trouble at the halfway stage in the season, the Magpies have been transformed under Eddie Howe. They have remarkably moved up to ninth, safe from relegation and with little to play for when they host the match.
Everton (H) – May 22
The final game of the season is at the Emirates Stadium against relegation-threatened Everton. While the Toffees have struggled this season, they managed to pick up all three points in the reverse fixture.
It may seem like an ideal game on paper, but if they have something to fight for still, then it could be tougher than it seems.
Man United’s final four Premier League fixtures
Chelsea (H) – April 28
Brentford (H) – May 2
Brighton (A) – May 7
Crystal Palace (A) – May 22
Chelsea’s next six Premier League fixtures
West Ham (H) – April 24
Man United (A) – April 28
Everton (A) – May 1
Wolves (H) – May 7
Leeds (A) – May 11
Leicester (H) – May 19
Tottenham’s final five Premier League fixtures
Leicester (H) – May 1
Liverpool (A) – May 7
Arsenal (H) – May 12
Burnley (H) – May 15
Norwich (A) – May 22