Important upcoming fixtures for Arsenal to push for a top four finish this season
Arsenal have had a fairly successful first half of the season under the new manager, which saw them notch up a 22 game unbeaten run before losing to Southampton. This showed very clear improvement, and sets up for a very exciting period moving forward for the club. For a club the size of Arsenal, they need to be playing in the Champions league and are around 11/4 on the best betting sites at present to secure a top four spot come the end of the season. Here we cover some of the most important upcoming fixtures which could define their season.
Arsenal v Chelsea – 19th January
The home fixture against Chelsea on the 19th of January as expected is set play a very important role in the top four race this season. Both clubs are battling it out and three points could be the key in order to guarantee that top four spot. It is usually a very close encounter when each side play and the previous fixture kicked off the season. This ended in a 3-2 victory for Chelsea, but Arsenal have won the previous two games when playing at home so will be hopeful of picking up the three points.
Tottenham v Arsenal – 2nd March
Another derby at the start of March, which is likely going to be key as to whether Arsenal can finish in the top four. Tottenham are having a strong season themselves and are still in the hunt with Manchester City and Liverpool. Tottenham finished in the top four last season ahead of Arsenal, which they have struggled to do in the past, so this further pushes the importance of this game. The previous league game in December finished 4-2 to Arsenal, so they will be looking to put on a similar performance to guarantee the maximum points.
Arsenal v Manchester United – 9th March
The fixture with Manchester United in the early period of March is looking ever more important, as the resurgent United continue to climb back up the table. They are now looking to challenge for the top four themselves, so this is likely to be a very important game if Arsenal are to return to the Champions league next season. The previous premier league game between the two sides in December finished 2-2 but Arsenal have a strong record in recent times when at home against United, so will be confident of picking up the three points.