As the Boxing Day is nearing, the Top 4 Premier League contenders are settling in, and Arsenal is quite comfortably one of them. Man City is only ahead by the goals scored – and the upcoming game may just be the perfect opportunity to secure an advantage, seeing as they have a tougher opponent ahead than the Gunners.
In a perfect world, Liverpool would face Man City without missing so many key players to injuries, but they can still make their rivals work hard on the pitch. Plus, neither Sergio Aguero nor David Silva are expected to be fit enough to play, which really opens up a brilliant opportunity for Liverpool – and in turn, it may make Man City lose the cosy #1 spot.
Now this potential shift in the table can only do so much for the Gunners: the fact is, they need to win the upcoming game against West Brom. Seeing as the matches in Week 14, 15, and 16 will be against Norwich City, Sunderland, and Aston Villa respectively, it’s the perfect time to get way ahead of the contenders.
Out of the last five meets with West Brom, Arsenal won four and drew one, and the last game ended in 4:1, which would be ideal for this weekend‘s match, too. In fact, the UK-licensed bookie TonyBet gives Arsenal 1/2 odds at winning as opposed to 11/2 that West Brom got, so assuming the latter club doesn’t pull a West Ham on Saturday, this is one of the games that the Gunners will surely win.
The following weeks will open up quite a few chances to collect points, too, considering as it will be four games in a row where the Gunners are clear favourites. After all, they’re currently the second in line to win the whole League according to the TonyBet sportsbook – and the matches ahead may just leave Man City lagging behind, as opposed to being a strong leader.
Another upside of this schedule is that the injured players will have a chance to come back just in time when the meets are much tougher. Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, and Danny Welbeck are all expected to come back at different times, however, the team should be able to manage the upcoming steak without them fully well.
Alexis Sanchez, however, already played the full 90 minutes for Chile, so he should be good to go as of now, and both Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin are expected to appear on the field, too. Even if it so happened that they weren’t actually fit enough yet, for once the timing is decent enough and the squad can make do even with a long injury list.
The time is right for Arsenal to strike. After these four favourable weeks, it’s going to be Man City that the Gunners will have to try and beat, and by that time it would be ideal to have all key players healthy and the squad having had a proper taste of victory. And following that, it’s a straight race for the title!