Arsenal are back in pole position for a top three finish in the Premier League after both Leicester and Southampton did us a big favour today by taking points off the two Manchester clubs. But will Arsenal grab the chance to finish the season in a strong way and at least take the positive of not finishing lower than last time and earning an automatic place in the Champions League group stage?
The EPL table is looking a lot better right now, with Arsenal on 67 points after beating Norwich yesterday and Man City three points back with the same games played after losing to Southampton. If Chelsea beat the spuds tomorrow we will only be two points behind them, but I don’t really see us catching them unfortunately.
Man United’s draw with Leicester took them to seven points behind us on 60 and with a much worse goal difference but they do have a game in hand. But even if van Gaal’s men win their remaining three EPL games which are away to Norwich and West Ham and home to Bournemouth, Arsenal only need two points from our two games to make sure we finish above them and with Aston Villa at home on the final day I think we are safe.
It is 3rd place that we really want though and as long as we avoid defeat away to Man City next weekend that should be in the bag. If City beat us, however, they will go above us on goal difference and then their final game away to Swansea could be crucial.
We don’t want it to come down to that though, so the fact that City lost today and then travel to Spain for the second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday is probably making Arsenal favourites to finish third. How do you guys think the season will end?