After winning their game in hand 4-0 win against Everton, Arsenal went 5 points clear of Manchester City. So after 25 games, the Premier League table looks like this:
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Arsenal are on 60 points and Manchester City on 55.
I’ve said all season that I would be over the moon with Top 4 and our place back in the Champions League, and that’s still the case. But it dawned on my last night that there are 13 games left!
That’s still a big number of games remaining, but not sure a huge number. And anything can happen between now and the end of May, but even a pessimistic like myself is starting to believe – just a little bit anyway!
And this is not just me being reserved or trying to play down our chances, but all things considered Manchester City are still favourites for me – even with Arsenal having a 5 point lead.
They have won 4 of the last 5 Premier League titles, with the following points totals:
2021/2022: 93 points
2020/2021: 86 points
2018/2019: 98 points
2017/2018: 100 points
So a rough average of the points Manchester City will achieve this season is around 95 points – but in the title winnings seasons they usually lost between 2 and 4 games, whereas this season they have already lost 4.
But they have the experience in winning the league and getting results when it matters. In the last game of the season last year, when they needed a win and were losing 2-0 to Aston Villa, they rallied and came back to win in dramatic fashion. They have the players, the expertise and knowhow when it comes to the crunch moments. Plus they have Pep Guardiola, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest coaches of all time.
But there’s no doubt Arsenal have been phenomenal this season and the belief Arteta has instilled in his young squad is nothing short of miraculous. He’s given the Arsenal fans hope, and put us in a real title challenge for the first time in 18 years. Whatever happens, we can be proud of the players, the manager and the club.
But do you think we can get over the line and do it? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!