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How Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd’s Match-day 28 results could determine Arsenal’s top-four hopes

Arsenal’s hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League has received a massive boost following series of favorable results from other top-four competitors.

Chelsea needed a win on Saturday to boost their chances of laying strong hold on the fourth position, but Frank Lampard’s men failed to defeat 18-place AFC Bournemouth who have been poor all through the campaign.

Despite taking the lead through Marcos Alonso in the 33rd minute of the encounter, the Blues only managed to play a 2-2 draw as they conceded two quick second-half goals.

The Gunners, who are 10th on the Premier League table with 37 points from 27 games, have played a game fewer than other top-four chasers, and they now trail Chelsea with just eight points.

As for Tottenham who are also in the race for a place among the top-four clubs, José Mourinho’s men surprisingly lost 3-2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of the Lilywhites supporters.

Though the result is not totally favorable to the Gunners’ top-four hope because Wolves are also in the race, Mikel Arteta’s side will be happy to see their local rivals drop important points.

Mourinho and his men are obviously missing Harry Kane and Heung-min Son’s services as they are yet to win a single league game since losing both players to injury.

They remain on the 7th position with 37 points, three points ahead of the Gunners. Arsenal won’t have difficulty overtaking them before the end of the season, judging by their current unimpressive form.

We move to Manchester United’s result against Everton in a highly controversial game that was played on Sunday. The Red Devils looked to have regained their confidence having won two consecutive Premier League matches prior to the encounter.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men shocked everyone as they took the lead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin in less than 5 minutes of action.

Winter signing Bruno Fernandes equalized for the away side before half-time and both sides settled for a 1-1 draw after some VAR controversial decisions.

The result means the Red Devils are in the fifth position with 42 points, five above Arsenal who should be able to close the gap when they play their one outstanding game.

As much as these results appear to favor the Gunners, Mikel Arteta’s men must make perfect use of this opportunity to close the gap between them and the three Premier League giants.

They must endeavor to win every match left in the season because every point is valuable at this stage of the campaign.

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One Of These Two African Stars Can Make Arsenal Title Contenders Next Season

It’s a forgone conclusion that Liverpool are Premier League Champions in waiting as they currently top the League table with 79 points, 22 points above reigning champions Manchester City.

Though the Gunners still have a chance of winning their first trophy under Mikel Arteta this season, every Arsenal fan is more determined to see the team qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.

The Gunners faithfuls will equally hope to see their darling team compete for the EPL glory in the 2020-21 campaign.

As much as winning next season’s Premier League title appears too early for Arteta and his backroom staffs, the Gunners cannot be ruled out of title race next season in thus, his employers should be ready to get quality players during the next summer transfer window.

The former Manchester City assistant manager has seen his side conceded cheap goals so far this season, and he must find a perfect solution to the shaky defence during the next transfer window period.

Apart from finding a quality centre-back to replace aging David Luiz, Arteta must bring at least one defensive midfielder to the Emirates Stadium next season.

Some top players have been linked with the North London club, but we believe any of these two players will increase the club’s chances of winning their first Premier League title since 2005. Who are the players?

1. Wilfred Ndidi

The Nigerian midfielder is definitely one of the best defensive midfielders in the world judging by his obvious ball-winning potentials.

He is not just an important player for Leicester City, he has been the club’s engine so far this season as he often prevent opponents from gaining access to the defensive setup.

His passing ability has improved tremendously under Rodgers, while, he now score goals too.

The Foxes have struggled to win matches since his injury. They have played six league games without the 23-year-old star, they’ve recorded three defeats and two draws and one victory.

His physical appearance and work rate at the middle of the park will give Mesut Ozil the confidence to operate more in an advanced position.

2. Thomas Partey

You can’t make a list of top 10 players in the Spanish League without mentioning the Ghanaian star.

Partey has a strong reputation as one of the most reliable defensive midfielders in the world following his exploits for Atletico Madrid in recent years.

Apart from stopping opponents’ attack, the player also helps in scoring important goals for Diego Simeone’s side.

His level of creativity, strength and experience are all needed by the Gunners who have arguably failed to produce a reliable defensive midfielder all through this season.

Though Lucas Torreira is no doubt a fine midfielder, the Uruguayan has struggled to settle down at the North London club and it won’t be a surprise should he decide to return to Serie A next campaign.

Considering Xhaka’s inconsistency, Guendozi’s inexperience and Torreira’s uncertain future, the Gunners must lure either Ndidi or Partey to the Emirates Stadium before the start of next season.

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EPL top-four race: Two players who can help Arsenal in a 10-club race

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.

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Gooner News: Five insights ahead of our next stop at the Dean Court

Hello folks…I hope the weekend is going on great!

Feels good to be back writing on the Gooner Republic after my long sabbatical leaves away from every affairs of managing the website on a daily basis.

A lot has changed within the Arsenal community over the years and the club’s fanbase as well as news sources for gooner news supporters on a day-to-day basis. However, I will be more committed to updating you all folks with two to three thoughts weekly here on the Gooner Republic for every gooner news enthusiast.

So yes, our next stop will be at the Dean Court against Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth side for our 4th Round fixture of the FA Cup tournament.

Despite our draw against Frank Lampard’s men at the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, we are still nowhere below or above 10th on the Premier League with just seven points above the Poppies in the ranking order.

That said, here are the five insights every fan should know as we head to Dean Court for our 4th Round fixture of the FA Cup tournament.

  • Our meeting on Monday night against the Poppies will be the first-ever FA Cup meeting and only 12th meeting overall over between us and the Kings Park-based club.
  • Arsenal has won only eight of their previous 11 competitions – won eight, draw 2 and lost one – sharing 1-1 draw in the most recent meeting in the Premier League against the Poppies back in December last year.
  • Eddie Howe’s men have only progressed to the FA Cup fifth round on four previous occasions, most recently during the 2015-16 season and 1928-29, 1956-57 and 1988-89.
  • As we all know, we have progressed from seven of our last eight FA Cup fourth round ties, with our only failure in the tournament in that run coming last season when we lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, not sure if he will play on Monday yet, has scored in three of his previous four appearances against Bournemouth – all happening in the Premier League fixtures – including netting in both games at their own backyard.

With these stats, the boys should find a winning easy to come by and who knows, it might be our year for another FA Cup trophy in the shelf!

That will be all for tonight fellas…..I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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