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The Battle for Top Four

It is the last day of the Premier League and a huge battle for top four will take place in a few hours. Chelsea and Tottenham have both secured 1st and 2nd position respectively, so it’s left to either Manchester City, Liverpool or Arsenal to make up the numbers.

Manchester City are the most likely club to finish in a Champions League position. They defeated Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom this month, moving them up to 3rd place on the table.  They are two points above Liverpool and three points above Arsenal. So, the only possible way that they could fall out of top four is if they lose their final match, against Watford, and Arsenal score 5 goals. This is rather unlikely.

Liverpool also have the fate of top four in their hands. They are currently fourth place on the Premier League table, having won two of their last three matches and drawn the other. To secure their fate, they simply need to win their last game at home against Middlesbrough, a team already relegated. That shouldn’t be too hard.

Arsenal won all four of their Premier League matches this month. However, since they haven’t been consistent throughout the season, they are currently in fifth place and their hopes of top four are sitting in the hands of those above them. Not only do they need to win a tough match against Everton, they also need those above them drop enough points and concede enough goals in order to overtake them.  

Arsenal have finished in top four for 20 years in a row! However, this run could come to an end very shortly.

The Premier League is coming to a close and all the action will be happening all at once. Whilst we try to predict what is to come, we must brace ourselves for the unexpected!

ARSENAL UPDATE

2017 has been an uphill battle for Arsenal, who began well but soon started to stumble. As we reach the end of the Premier League season, it’s hard to see how much they can make of their last few games whilst in their current form.

Since February the Gunners have been struggling to maintain any sort of winning streak, and haven’t really been managing to draw matches either. They faced a heaving 3-1 defeat against Chelsea and a hefty 5-1 defeat from Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Then in March, both Liverpool and West Brom defeated the Gunners 3-1; and the Reds also suffered another 5-1 against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League Match. Quite understandably, they are no longer competing in Europe.

Quite frankly, they have enough troubles at home to be worrying about. Some fans have lost confidence in the team, with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Wenger and key players, such as Sanchez, at the club. After suffering a 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, many, unshockingly, felt huge disappointment.

However, there is still hope. Arsenal might be currently 6th on the Premier League table, and risk finishing outside of the top four for the first time in 21 years, however, their recent win against Middlesbrough suggests that there is still hope.

The Gunners are set to play Manchester City for the FA Cup Semi final this weekend. Perhaps after a great start to the week they might just have enough motivation to gear themselves towards a trophy this year!

Make Way

The top Premier League clubs seemed reluctantto score goals in their Saturday matches. Not only did most of them draw, but they also gave Chelsea the opportunity to go top of the table on Sunday.

Arsenal faced Manchester United for a derby match at Old Trafford. Mourinho has never really considered Wenger as anything more than an enemy, and it came through in United’s gameplay. Mata gave the home team the lead in the 68th minute.

Unfortunately for Mourinho, United were unable to maintain their lead for the entire match. Giroud equalised for the Gunners, just before full time, and both teams left the match no better than the other. It is fair to say, however, that both managers still don’t see eye to eye.

Another team that drew was Liverpool. They played against Southampton and neither team managed to score a goal. The Reds have managed to stay at the top of the Premier League table, however, their inability to gain more points has meant that they could easily fall down the table.

Manchester City went level with Liverpool on the Premier League table after defeating Crystal Palace. Yaya Toure was first to score for City in the first half, but Palace equalised in the second. Luckily, Yaya Toure was able to wack in another goal to gain a late win for his club! What a superstar!

Both Liverpool and Manchester City have 27 points, however, with Chelsea on 25 points both teams could be overtaken when the Blues play their upcoming match. The title race has become more and more challenging, and it’s starting to show.

WE’VE GONE INTERNATIONAL INSTEAD

Arsenal were successful in their Champions League match on Wednesday. Their victories abroad make it hard to believe that they aren’t the masters of their home ground.

Ludogorets Razgrad scored two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game. Although this was worrying, Arsenal shocked us all with their response to this. Xhaka netted a goal in the 20th minute and Giroud scored the equaliser just before half time. They weren’t going to let the game end the way it started!

As the two teams were level again, all was to play for in the second half. The Gunners made sure that were the team to take advantage of the remaining time, for Giroud netted the winning goal in the 87th minute. Hurrah!

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The Gunners have qualified for the last-16 round of the Champions League with two games left to go. Perhaps now they can give a bit more attention to the Premier League.

The Gunners had to face their old rival, Tottenham, for their weekend Premier League match. Although they took the lead when Wimmer netted an own goal in the 42nd minute, they conceded a penalty which put them level with Spurs when it was converted into a goal by Kane. This was irrecoverable.

Arsenal are third on the Premier League table, with a point less than the leaders, Chelsea. Even if they don’t end up winning the title race, maybe they’ll have a Champions League trophy in their hands instead!

 

 

No Team Left Behind

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all won their Premier League matches by scoring 4 goals. Neither team would let the other gain more points.

Arsenal defeated Sunderland 4-1, with two goals from Sanchez and two from Giroud. The single chance Sunderland had in gaining a point was destroyed with the utmost diligence as three of the four Arsenal goals came between the 70th and 80th minute. The Gunners couldn’t afford to lose or even dare to draw.

Manchester City felt the same way. However, if Arsenal were going to reach a total of 23 points then they had to do better. Man City defeated West Brom 4-0, with two goals from Agüero and two from Gündogan. This allowed City to be level with the Gunners in terms of points, but ahead of them due to their superior goal difference. Bingo!

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With the competition heating up, Liverpool couldn’t afford to be left behind. They defeated Crystal Palace 4-2, gaining three points that would keep them level with Arsenal and Manchester City. Although they faced a bit more resistance in getting the points they wanted, they got it anyway. That’s what a big team does!

Tottenham is the only team in the title race that dropped points (drawing 1-1 with Leicester City). This meant that they only gained one point, giving them a total of 20- three less than the leaders! If Chelsea win their match against Southampton, they can waltz right past Spurs and into top four!

The race for the title is only getting more and more intense. Every game is costly and every point precious. None of the Premier League giants can afford to pay the price of failure!

Red Red Red

All the red teams seem to have been successful in their English Football League matches. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the Blues.

2 goals from Sturridge meant that Liverpool beat Tottenham, who only claimed one goal, to go through to the next stage of the EFL. 

This was the same for Arsenal who defeated Reading 2-0 thanks to Oxlade-Chambelain. Even though the Gunners weren’t playing their best 11, they were still expected to win the match .

Liverpool, on the other hand, seemed to make a game which should have been arguable difficult appear easy. The team seems to be getting bigger and better as the year goes by.

The Manchester teams are perhaps the only teams that aren’t improving. Mourinho had to use United’s best 11, largely the same players that played in the match against Chelsea, to defeat a reserved Man City 1-0.

Pep Guardiola’s team hasn’t won their last six matches in all competitions. This is not something Guardiola is used too. Perhaps English football is a lot more testing than that of other parts of Europe!
Chelsea is proof of this. Although the Blues gained huge confidence from their win over United, the simple return of John Terry meant that they ended their three-match streak of not conceding. 

Chelsea let in two goals from West Ham which meant that they couldn’t progress to the quarter finals of the EFL. Hazard and Costa weren’t on the pitch for this match, so it could be possible that Conte simply values the Premier League more and wanted to rest his top players for their weekend match. Fair enough.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all made it to the quarter finals of the EFL! Although the trophy might not be as valued as that of the Premier League and the Champions League, it’s still an object that can be admired when filling up space in a trophy cabinet!

Change

The best teams can’t always be the best. Sometimes the smallest teams can hold the biggest teams to ransom.

Arsenal had a goalless draw against Middlesbrough.They failed to use their whopping 75% possession to produce goals and, consequently, gained only one point from the game. The Emirates Stadium was hushed.

The Gunners did have a massive win during the week in the Champions League and, so, as Wenger pointed out in his post- match interview, the team had tired legs and lacked the creativity needed to produce a winning result. Don’t worry, all will be forgiven.

The Gunners are still on top of the PL table with 20 points. However, the gap has been closed between them and their competitors.

Liverpool defeated West Brom 2-1 to rise to second place on the Premier League table. A goal from Mané and a goal from Coutinho meant that the Reds could gain three glorious points that would put them level with Arsenal, with a total of 20 points! The title race is on!

Leicester, the PL champions, managed to defeat Crystal Palace 3-1. However, they’re only at 12th position on the PL table, a big drop from where they were last season.

Times have changed. Teams have changed. This season’s trophy is anyone’s to take!

All or Nothing

Both Arsenal and Manchester City played Champions League matches which had bulging scorelines. However, only one of them was able to claim victory; whilst the other suffered a merciless defeat.

The best team is worth mentioning first. Arsenal were tremendously successful in their match against Ludogorets Razgrad. A total of six goals were scored by the Gunners (six!), and they could have even scored twice that amount as they had 12 shots on target! Yes, 12!

The first goals came from Sanchez (12′) and Walcott (42′) in the first half; followed by a goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain (46′) and a hat-trick from Ozil (56′, 83′, 87′) in the second half. Every kick of the ball was a step closer to triumph!

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It’s a shame that Manchester City were not subject to the same gleeful fate as the Gunners. City was embarrassingly thrashed 4-0 by Barcelona, with Messi scoring a hat-trick and Neymar netting a late goal.

 

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It could be said that City was put at a disadvantage, as Bravo was sent off in the 53rd minute. However, this drawback was not held for too long, for Barcelona were also reduced to ten men when Mathieu was shown a red card 20 minutes later.

Aguero was left on the bench for most of the game, and was only sent onto the field in the 79th minute. Bad move. By then, it was all too late for him to rescue his team. Pity.

Arsenal are now topping group A with 7 points (the same as Paris St Germain) and, luckily, Manchester City is second in their group despite them having 5 less points than Barcelona. Well, they did only lose to the best.

For now, it looks as if all the English teams will progress to the next stage of the Champions League. Even Leicester has been thriving, as they are topping group G with 9 points, and Tottenham is second in group E. Perhaps the time has come for an English team to dominate Europe!

 

 

 

The Great Gunners

Arsenal, even in the most testing of times, find a way to procure success. They score goals, they concede goals, and in the end they win.

Walcott gave Arsenal the lead by scoring two goals in the 26th and 33rd minute! It was too bad that they let Swansea back in the game as Sigurdsson netted a goal before half time.

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The second half gave birth to even greater shocks and horrors! Ozil thankfully netted the third goal for the Gunner in the 57th minute. However, within the next 15 minutes, Swansea City scored another goal and Xhaka was shown a red card!

It was a good thing that the Gunners were able to show resilience in the face of this and hang on to their lead until the final whistle was blown! Nothing ever comes easy for Wenger!

Arsenal are now level with Manchester City on the PL table as both teams have 19 points. The title race has only just begun, but the competition is already hightening!

Happy Celebrating

Yesterday marked Arsene Wenger’s 20th year with Arsenal! Such a legendary event needed to be marked by a legendary performance from his team. Did they deliver?

Well, not at first. The Gunners failed to produce the spirited gameplay that would have made everything a lot easier. Arsenal had more possession than Burnley, but they definitely weren’t doing much with it.

It was literally in the last moments of the game when their golden moment arrived. Koscielny proved to be the player in shining boots when he netted the winning goal in the last seconds of extra time. Although heart-rending for Burnley, a win like this must have been all the more sweeter!

Congratulations Wenger! You are a loyal and successful manager and, considering the way Arsenal is climbing up the PL table, this might just be the season that you bring home the Premier League trophy!