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Rivals struggles encouraging for Arsenal

Posted on March 18, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal head into the international break in fourth place in the Premier League table. It is a good position for the Gunners to find themselves in at this stage of the season. Unai Emery’s side also has a favourable run in. One other factor that is encouraging is the fact that their nearest rivals are suddenly struggling for form in the Premier League. Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Everton yesterday was an unexpected bonus, especially as Maurizio Sarri’s side dominated the first half at Goodison Park.

The team seems more confident of late

In the last few seasons, the Gunners have seemingly lacked confidence in games. However, somehow in recent months, the players seem more assured about themselves and their ability to win football matches.

Drawing at Tottenham before beating Manchester United has no doubt helped instil confidence in the team. Those two results in terms of confidence and the race for a Champions League place this season. Hopefully, that confidence can continue for the remainder of the campaign and beyond as Unai Emery looks to move the team forward in future seasons.

Rivals struggling for form of late

Chelsea and Tottenham’s form has hit the skids of late. The Blues need some travel sickness pills, as they have now lost four of their last five away matches in the Premier League. They must have caught poor away-itis of the Gunners, who have struggled on their travels themselves. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is in major danger of losing his job. A lot will depend if Chelsea are given a one-year transfer ban.

Spurs are having a wobble at a bad time after previously looking like Premier League title challengers earlier in the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s team are in danger of falling out of the top four completely in the near future. Manchester United have encountered some roadblocks of late, including that 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League and a 2-1 exit from the FA Cup against Wolves at the weekend.

Arsenal can kick on after the international break

The Gunners have a break from Premier League action of just under two weeks now. The team from north London will be keen to kick on after the international break and consolidate their position in the Premier League’s top-four.

Looking at the fixtures, Arsenal now have Champions League qualification in their own hands. There is no reason why the Gunners cannot go on and finish strong to clinch a lucrative top-four spot this season.

Who will finish in the Premier League’s top four this season?

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