Can Arsenal break into the top 4 of the Premier League?

The 19/20 season of the Premier League is fully underway, and Arsenal is back with a bang. The team ended their first game with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was awarded the Golden Boot alongside Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season, got the team off to a great start by scoring the crucial strike for the Gunners.

The next game saw a home win over Burnley 3-1 with loan signing Dani Ceballos the stand out performer. Then came the big match against European Champions Liverpool, which resulted in a 3-1 loss, but in all fairness that was always going to be a very difficult game at Anfield.

This could be a monumental year for Arsenal; recent years have seen the team struggle to finish in a top four spot in the Premier League. The last time was a second place spot during the 2015/2016 campaign — and beaten out for the top spot by unlikely Champions Leicester City. With the Premier League, and subsequent premier league prediction, kicking off, there’s a new opportunity for Arsenal to change their status and break into one of the coveted top 4 spots.

Here’s how they can do it…

There’s some hope for Arsenal this season. Their summer signings, which included Nicholas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos (on loan), William Saliba, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz, may have an impact on their league performance.

Pepe in particular has been an exciting signing for the team; the top class winger was signed from Lille in a £72 million deal, and even came off the bench in Arsenal’s opening game at St. James’ Park. Golden boy Aubameyang already expressed his excitement at the prospect of playing with Pepe, saying “he’s capable of doing great things with us.”

Another exciting addition to the team comes in the form of 18-year old Brazillian player Gabriel Martinelli, who was signed from Ituano FC in Brazil on the 2nd of July. Martinelli started his term with Arsenal out strong, scoring on his first appearance with the team in the second half of a pre-season friendly against the Colorado Rapids in July.

Kieran Tierney has also been given a nod of approval from Manchester United’s former manager Jose Mourinho. While Tierney is currently on the bench with an injury after a £25 million signing, he’s expected to be given the go ahead in six-weeks time. Mourinho said of Tierney’s signing: “I think he’s a young [Nacho] Monreal. Same kind of profile, reliable boy, looks a great character, looks a great personality, looks a little bit like he’s from a previous generation in some aspects.” The 22-year old Scottish left back will definitely have an impact on the team’s performance and their chances of making it into the top 4 position.

But where will Arsenal finish?

Considering the state of their record thus far, it’s unlikely that Arsenal will walk away from the 19/20 Premier League season as victorious champions. Still, with new summer signings getting approval from the likes of Mourinho, and the season starting off with a winning opener, we can anticipate Arsenal’s return to the top four — and if they work hard enough, even bag a number two spot.

20 Comments

  1. Innit says:

    It’s possible.
    But I don’t discount United or Chelsea

    Waiting to see how we perform against Spuds. Let’s see if we can bounce back quickly

    1. gotanidea says:

      I don’t think the majority of the fans would even accept a draw from the Spurs game, since we have had a half-a-billion squad

      Losing one time at a big team’s stadium is still okay for now, but draws against top teams at the Emirates could ruin our chances in this season

  2. S.J says:

    Huge possibility but we will know with the next 6 matches if we will achieve that.
    But I am super positive we will scrape 4th place.
    Liverpool
    Man.city
    Tottenham
    Arsenal
    Chelsea
    Man.u

  3. gotanidea says:

    If Emery’s plan goes well. I bet he chases draws at the oppositions’ turfs, because of his counter-attack tactic at Anfield

    Arsenal are very strong at home under Emery’s guidance, but he needs to change his mentality at away matches

    However, if Arsenal cannot win against Spurs on the weekend, I think we can say another goodbye to the Champions League

    1. MadHatter says:

      I disagree….. He may have set up for the counter against Liverpool, but they are CL winners. He didn’t set up for the counter away against Newcastle ?‍♂️ so why would you automatically assume he will settle for draws in all away matches….. That’s just ridiculous imo.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Sorry I forgot to include “top” word. It should have been:

        “I bet he chases draws at the TOP oppositions’ turfs, because of his counter-attack tactic at Anfield”

        1. MadHatter says:

          Fair crack…. I see him doing the same at Etihad but hope he will be more adventurous at all others (once Bellerin and KT are fit) ….. Time will tell I guess

        2. Amitosh says:

          Man City and Pool are way above the chasing pack. Arsenal could not match Pool, last week Spurs failed to match City too (it was a lucky draw, City just outplayed them). So chasing pack has a visible gap, and there are 2 top teams in EPL. Arsenal should play to their strengths against others.
          I think against lower end teams, Nelson will get chances at Emirates in EPL, and top 3 will be rotated to keep them fresh for away games. I really hope Emery rotates well this season, when Europa games come. He missed the trick last season towards the end.

          1. David Rusa says:

            Before you award the trophy remember Liverpool will come to Emirates for the second round game. By that time Pepe, Ceballos, Tierney and Luiz will have fully integrated into the team. Likewise Bellerin and Holding will have returned to the squad. That is when we shall judge who is who. This season promises to be interesting. Some people may eat humble pie.

          2. RicSAAlao says:

            So, EPL is now similar to LA liga. God o’ mercy

      2. Not a coach says:

        I think it’s too early for that. Remember last season. A bad start against City and with the next few games and suddenly a series of undefeated games followed by again poor performances. When it seemed that top 4 was out of reach suddenly we witnessed Arsenal only a few games away to be there, but again poor performances in the last away games seemed to have bad impact in our home games, then went the chance.
        This season no more Ramsey, Iwobi, Monreal, and perhaps Mustafi, some names that normally played as starters or substitutes.
        Now we have Pepe, Ceballos, Luiz, and Thierney, plus Chambers and Holdings who seem to improve. We still have promising youngsters in Willock, Neilson, Martinelli, and Saliba, though I’m not sure whether they could really challenge the bigger names once all of them fit and available.
        If Pepe, Ceballos, Luiz, Thierney, Chambers, and Holdings prove to be better than the likes of Ramsey, Iwobi, Monreal, and Mustafi, it should be a good chance that we could, at the end, reach the top 4.
        Even if Pepe turns out to be a new Iwobi, and Luiz just another Mustafi, which I think he is, at least Emery has stronger names on the bench. So,whether or not the new signings shine, and with the availability of Chambers, Holdings, Willock, and Neilson, especially if Emery could improve the away performance, I think the top 4 is a decent target. Remember that Chelsea without Hazard while Man Utd seem to prolong their bad spells without Ferguson.

  4. benex says:

    Emery won’t have any excuses for not making top four, I think the board gave him all he wanted this summer. 4th position will be a failure in my opinion. I guess he would be thinking the same thing. No excuses will be tolerated against Spur.

  5. Sean Williams says:

    There is, with Unai Emery, every chance the team will blow up like last season. It’s him. That was clear against Liverpool. He make judgements based on fear and not courage. I don’t feel the same towards him now. If he shows some courage after those bizarre team selections versus Liverpool. If he stops his love affair with Xhaka. If he plays Auba, Laca, Pepa….. then maybe he’ll win me back. At the moment I think he’s the wrong man to win the title. He’s not brave at all.

    1. MadHatter says:

      Bravery comes in different forms bud…. Yes it would have been brave to go toe to toe against Liverpool but as has been proved since that’s what they were expecting and planning for.

      It’s also brave to to give their fullbacks the freedom to play forward so much when your defense isn’t the best it could be so you can hit them on the counter.

      Different day that could easily have been a win and then everyone would be talking about what a masterclass it was ?‍♂️

      You win some, you lose some…. No shame in being beaten by the best.

      1. RicSAAlao says:

        I couldn’t recall two times AFC scored on counterattack. So how do you play a top team with tactic you are not really good at doing.

  6. Bur says:

    In a word “yes”! League no, top 4 definitely.

  7. Not a coach says:

    I think it’s too early for that. Remember last season. A bad start against City and with the next few games and suddenly a series of undefeated games followed by again poor performances. When it seemed that top 4 was out of reach suddenly we witnessed Arsenal only a few games away to be there, but again poor performances in the last away games seemed to have bad impact in our home games, then went the chance.
    This season no more Ramsey, Iwobi, Monreal, and perhaps Mustafi, some names that normally played as starters or substitutes.
    Now we have Pepe, Ceballos, Luiz, and Thierney, plus Chambers and Holdings who seem to improve. We still have promising youngsters in Willock, Neilson, Martinelli, and Saliba, though I’m not sure whether they could really challenge the bigger names once all of them fit and available.
    If Pepe, Ceballos, Luiz, Thierney, Chambers, and Holdings prove to be better than the likes of Ramsey, Iwobi, Monreal, and Mustafi, it should be a good chance that we could, at the end, reach the top 4.
    Even if Pepe turns out to be a new Iwobi, and Luiz just another Mustafi, which I think he is, at least Emery has stronger names on the bench. So,whether or not the new signings shine, and with the availability of Chambers, Holdings, Willock, and Neilson, especially if Emery could improve the away performance, I think the top 4 is a decent target. Remember that Chelsea without Hazard while Man Utd seem to prolong their bad spells without Ferguson.

    1. TH14-TW14 says:

      Ramsey is better than Ceballos and what Iwobi brings in midfield is different from what Pepe brings in attack, they are different types of players. Iwobi’s ball carrying hasn’t been replaced.

      Ramsey’s midfield goal scoring ability in very decisive moments will be missed. No matter the hype around Ceballos, he hasn’t done anything in his career to compare him with Ramsey.

      Arsenal may improve in defence when Thierney returns. By improve, I mean in personnel but Emery’s set up makes me doubt if this would mean much in terms of actual defensive play because good defense for big clubs start from control of the midfield and not defensive set up and orientation.

      Arsenal may have spent some money this summer but the hype around the improvement of personnel is exaggerated especially considering the outfield players who left (Ramsey, Iwobi, Welbeck, Koscielny). The 72 million spent on Pepe is what has swayed opinion, but if you objectively look at the team, you will find that the quality is about same.

      The midfield is where the problem lies for Arsenal, not because of the personnel but because of the manager’s philosophy. Emery doesn’t understand how to control the midfield and tempo of a game. This is why in the last season and this many mid and lower table teams match Arsenal even at the Emirates. It doesn’t matter whether such games ended in victories for Arsenal at times, but it shows that Arsenal would hardly challenge for top positions in the league accros a season.

      This is my own observation of where the problem lies.

      1. RicSAAlao says:

        Am surprised the aftv guys even said they were reminded of Santi.by Ceballos.Ah! Arsenal fans!!!

  8. arsenal314 says:

    if we fail to make top 4 this season,then questions should be asked

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