Arsenal, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are all desperately trying to finish in the top four but it looks like only one team will get there.
Manchester City and Liverpool are almost certain to finish in the top two spots while Chelsea just seem too strong compared to the rest to drop below third.
The fourth spot really is up for grabs and Arsenal should fancy themselves to get there. We believe that Mikel Arteta’s men have a huge edge over the other contenders. Here’s why!
Why Arsenal have an edge over West Ham, Manchester United and Tottenham in top-four race
Taking games in hand into account, Arsenal are the favourites at the moment. Our fixture list compared to the other three teams give us a huge edge as well.
Arsenal’s next six fixtures, as per the current schedule, are against 14th-placed Brentford, seventh-placed Wolves, 19th-placed Watford, 11th, 12th and 13th-placed Leicester City, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace respectively.
Tottenham, on the other hand, face both Manchester clubs, West Ham, Everton, Leeds United and Burnley. Based on their current form, none of those games will be easy to win.
West Ham face Newcastle, Wolves, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Spurs and Everton. Five of those teams are high on confidence while whatever happens in the derby against Tottenham will benefit us one way or another.
Manchester United have a torrid run coming up. They first face Brighton, Leeds and Watford, which are winnable games, but their next three are against Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool. Considering how poor they’ve been, they will likely lose two of those last three games.
That puts Arteta’s side in the driving seat.
The Insider’s View:
There definitely are no easy games in the Premier League and every single club is capable of beating the others on their day. However, Arsenal’s next six fixtures are comparatively easier than our three top-four rivals.
If that isn’t a big enough advantage for us, Arsenal have two games in hand over Manchester United and three in hand over West Ham.
If Arteta can find a way to come out of the next six games with at least 13 points out of a possible 18, we will most likely create a gap between ourselves and our top-four rivals.
Arteta’s men are in a fantastic position at the moment and we could soon be in an even better place. However, it would be typical Arsenal to mess this up and complicate things for ourselves as we head into the business end of the season.