The race for the Premier League top-four finish is getting heater, harder and hotter as the season progresses, and no fewer than ten clubs still stand a chance of claiming a spot.
Barring a disastrous loss of form, it’s a forgone conclusion that Liverpool already have their place in next season’s Champions League competition as they will certainly finish among top three clubs.
The same can’t be said about Manchester City and Leicester City who currently occupy the second and third position respectively.
Both sides have been inconsistent in their performances all through the campaign. Nonetheless, they still have strong chances of finishing among the top four clubs.
The fight for the fourth position — which is the last Champions League qualifying spot — is set to go down the wire. With the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Burnley all vying for a chance to claim the last spot.
Though Chelsea currently occupy the fourth position with 44 points, they are far from being untouchable judging by Manchester United and Arsenal’s present form.
The Red Devils have kept two clean sheets in their last two matches (against Chelsea and Watford), picking maximum points in the process. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s and his cohorts will definitely want to maintain the tempo throughout the rest of the campaign.
Arsenal on the hand, have recorded six points in their last two games against Newcastle United and Everton. Although, they didn’t keep any clean sheet.
The North London club are currently sitting in eighth position with 37 points at the time of this article but you can’t rule them out of Champions League race due to their recent resurgence under new boss Mikel Arteta.
For the first time as Arsenal manager, the Spanish gaffer led the Gunners to a back-to-back victories on Sunday, and the North London club are growing in strong confidence as you could see in the performance against the Toffees on Sunday.
As much as all the players seem to have up their game in recent week, gooner news have come up with the name of two players who can help the team achieve their prime target for the campaign.
1. Bukayo Saka
The English youngster is fast becoming an assist king at the Emirates stadium, having provided 10 assists in all competitions.
Despite featuring in an unfamiliar left-back position, the 18-year-old has been an influential player for Mikel Arteta’s side.
His teammates, especially strikers, will definitely rely on his pin-point crosses to score more goals if they must beat Chelsea and other rivals to the last Champions League spot.
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gabonese centre-forward is obviously the most in-form Arsenal player so far this season, having scored 16 goals in 27 matches.
He scored a brace in a keenly contested fixture against Everton on Sunday, and his goals and work ethic will be hugely needed by the Gunners for the rest of the season.