Six Premier League fixtures that may define Arsenal and Mikel Arteta’s season amid top-four race



With the transfer window now behind them, Arsenal can solely focus on trying to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

The Gunners arguably weakened their squad in January, as several squad players – including former club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – departed the club, whilst Edu and the board failed to bring anyone in for the next six months.

That being said, there’s a notable togetherness at the Emirates Stadium this season that’s been absent from Arsenal sides in recent years, and that may give the Gunners the push they need to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

Mikel Arteta‘s team also have a slight advantage in the sense that they’re no longer competing in the cup competitions, meaning they will usually have more time to recover in between games than their top-four rivals.

Still, to achieve their goal, they need to accumulate as many points as possible, especially against the clubs who can beat them to the Champions League spots.

With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the key games the Gunners need to be taking points from in the coming months.

Wolves (February 10 – A) (February 24 – H)

Arsenal travel to Molineux on February 10 in what will be the first time Wolves and the Gunners meet this campaign.

The pair’s post-Christmas clash at the Emirates Stadium was postponed as a result of Covid-19, but with just two points between them in the league, Wolves are this season’s surprise package.

Victory in that game, as well as the rescheduled home fixture two weeks later, should put distance between Arteta and Bruno Lage’s side.

Manchester United (April 23 – H)

Arsenal really should’ve taken at least a point against United earlier on in the season, but a lack of concentration at key moments meant that they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

They’ll be looking for revenge at the Emirates Stadium, however.

West Ham United (April 30 – A)

A week after playing United, Arsenal host high-flying West Ham.

David Moyes has got the Hammers playing some exciting football at the London Stadium, and they’ll be looking to finish as near the top four as they possibly can.

Their involvement in the Europa League hasn’t dented their form as of yet, but time will tell if that will have an impact in the latter stages of the season.

Nevertheless, it’s a three points Arsenal will need, and if they play like they did in the reverse fixture in December – where they ended up as 3-0 victors – they’ll have every chance of winning again.

Chelsea (TBC – A)

The Blues‘ participation in the Club World Cup means that the original fixture – scheduled to be on February 12 – has been postponed and a new date is yet to be confirmed.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are 11 points clear of the Gunners as things stand, but with three games in hand, if Arteta’s team put a run together, Chelsea can be caught.

Tottenham (TBC – A)

January’s North London Derby was postponed after Arsenal put in a request to have the game rescheduled as a result of squad shortages.

It was important then, but now that the fixture has been delayed – with a new date yet to be confirmed – winning what is a classic six-pointer is arguably even more important than it was before.

Spurs are level with the Gunners on 36 points but have played one game less.





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