Arsenal’s remaining Premier League games compared with Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton

Arsenal’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is almost certainly through winning the Europa League but with 27 league points still up for grabs a late surge in the league is not out of the question.

Mikel Arteta’s team are currently nine points off Chelsea in fourth spot so the chances of catching the Blues are slim but fifth-place West Ham are just seven points above the Gunners.

Fifth place might not have been Arteta’s aim at the start of the campaign but were his team not to win the Europa League this season a fifth place spot would guarantee European football in 2021-22.

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If either of the FA or League Cup is won by a team who has already qualified for European football through their league position then the European spots will drop to sixth and potentially seventh, so a Europa Conference League place might open up to Arsenal as well.

With Manchester United and Leicester 15 and 14 points ahead of Arsenal respectively has taken a look at Arsenal’s remaining league games compared to their European rivals from Chelsea down to Everton.

9. Arsenal – 42 points

03/04 – Liverpool (H)

11/04 – Sheffield United (A)

17/04 – Fulham (H)

24/04 – Everton (H)

01/05 – Newcastle (A)

08/05 – West Brom (H)

12/05 – Chelsea (A)

15/05 – Crystal Palace (A)

23/05 – Brighton (H)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium on March 18, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Odegaard has impressed at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal’s remaining fixtures could certainly be more difficult, the Gunners play four arguably five teams involved in the relegation battle over the course of their remaining nine games and only three against teams ranked higher in the league table than Arteta’s side.

Those three matches are bound to be the key to any progress up the table and come against Chelsea, Everton and first up this Saturday the visit of Liverpool.

If Arteta can lead the Gunners to three points against Jurgen Klopp’s team the gap to the Reds will be just one point and Arsenal will be well and truly back in the hunt for European football. Lose to Liverpool and a seven-point gap would emerge between the two sides.

4. Chelsea – 51 points

03/04 – West Brom (H)

10/04 – Crystal Palace (A)

24/04 – West Ham (A)

01/05 – Fulham (H)

08/05 – Man City (A)

12/05 – Arsenal (H)

15/05 – Leicester City (H)

23/05 – Aston Villa (A)

TBC – Brighton & Hove Albion (H)

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Callum Hudson Odoi of Chelsea FC and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal run for the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
The battle for European places is going to be intense this season

Currently, nine points ahead of Arsenal catching Chelsea is a tall order. But with the two sides set to come head to head in May if Arsenal can close the gap on Thomas Tuchel’s team between now and then the Gunners know they will at least have a chance to take points off the Blues.

Chelsea are still in both the Champions League and the FA Cup so face a busy eight weeks between now and the end of the season.

5. West Ham – 49 points

05/04 – Wolves (A)

11/04 – Leicester City (H)

17/04 – Newcastle United (A)

24/04 – Chelsea (H)

01/05 – Burnley (A)

08/05 – Everton (H)

11/05 – Brighton & Hove Albion (A)

15/05 – West Brom (A)

23/05 – Southampton (H)

Suprise package West Ham could have gone ten points clear of Arsenal had they held onto their 3-0 lead over the Gunners last time out. As it is the Arsenal comeback sees the gap remain at seven points and David Moyes’ team are within reach if the Gunners can go on a good run.

The Hammers face three key fixtures against teams around them in the league as they aim to maintain their unlikely European challenge this season.

Calum Chambers celebrates Arsenal’s second goal against West Ham with Martin Odegaard (Image: Paul Childs – Pool/Getty Images)

6. Tottenham – 48 points

04/04 – Newcastle United (A)

11/04 – Manchester United (H)

17/04 – Everton (A)

01/05 – Sheffield United (H)

08/05 – Leeds United (A)

12/05 – Wolves (H)

15/05 – Aston Villa (H)

23/05 – Leicester City (A)

TBC – Southampton (H)

David Luiz during Arsenal’s win over Spurs

The team Arsenal fans would most like to overtake is of course Tottenham, having not finished above their North London rivals for the past four seasons a six-point gap is achievable for Arteta’s side.

However, Spurs don’t have that bad of a final set of fixtures having already played the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea twice.

They do still have some tough away games on the agenda at Everton and Leicester City, with Manchester United at home also a decisive match.

7. Liverpool – 46 points

03/04 – Arsenal (A)

10/04 – Aston Villa (H)

17/04 – Leeds United (A)

24/04 – Newcastle United (H)

01/05 – Manchester United (A)

08/05 – Southampton (H)

11/05 – West Brom (A)

15/05 – Burnley (A)

23/05 – Crystal Palace (H)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Neco Williams of Liverpool battles for possession with Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s next opponents are only four points ahead of the Gunners so Saturday brings the perfect opportunity to close the gap, however, on the flip side Liverpool can stretch their lead to seven points were they to triumph. This really is a must-win for both teams.

After a disastrous title defence and an awful start to 2021 – just four league wins in 13 matches – Jurgen Klopp’s team need to find some form and quickly if they want to challenge the teams above them.

8. Everton – 46 points

05/04 – Crystal Palace (H)

12/04 – Brighton & Hove Albion (A)

17/04 – Tottenham (H)

24/04 – Arsenal (A)

01/05 – Aston Villa (H)

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08/05 – West Ham (A)

11/05 – Sheffield United (H)

15/05 – Wolves (H)

23/05 – Man City (A)

TBC – Aston Villa (A)

After two consecutive league losses, Everton need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible if they want to challenge the seven teams above them in the table. The Toffees have played one game fewer than Arsenal and six of the seven teams above them in the league giving them 30 points still to play for.

Their away form has been very good this year but they will need to be at their very best to beat the likes of West Ham, Manchester City and Aston Villa if they are to compete for European football next season.

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