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The Premiership battle: Arsenal

SoccerNews in English Premier League 1 May 2008


The English title race is one of the most exciting in years, with three teams still battling for the top spot with two games to go. Which opposition do Arsenal face? Here’s an overview.

Of the three teams competing for the final Premiership victory, Arsenal have the worst chances. Trailing by four points, things don’t look too good for the Gunners, but anything is possible in football. That’ll be the thought Arsenal have to hold on to during the coming week and a half.

Their first match, this coming Sunday, will be at home against Everton. That’ll also be the toughest of the two.

Everton missed out on Champions League football but the Liverpool-based side will want to secure at least a point to secure a spot in next season’s UEFA Cup.

But Everton haven’t shown the best form recently, having won only one of their last eight Premiership clashes.

Earlier this season, Arsenal achieved a rather convincing 4-1 win at Everton, which shows the quality difference between the two teams.

This time, the result won’t be that big, but Arsenal should be able to take the points at home. Soccerway’s prediction:

Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Arsenal’s last match of the season will be played away to Sunderland. At this point, Arsene Wenger’s men may already be out of contention for the Premiership title. This’ll be the case if either Manchester United or Chelsea win their match this coming weekend.

But to keep things exciting, let’s assume that both these sides dropped points and Arsenal still have a chance to take the championship.

Sunderland have actually done better than expected this season, and currently occupy the 13th spot. After their win over Middlesbrough last week, the team will be even more inspired to finish this year in style.

But against Arsenal, Sunderland don’t have a particularly good record. Arsenal have won all of the seven last meetings, and Sunderland’s last victory was achieved in August of 2000.

The Gunners also didn’t have any difficulties scoring in their seven wins, having netted three goals in six occasions and even four in the seventh.

If Arsenal want to have a shot at winning the league, they’ll have to ignore the pressure from their rivals and play as if they are the ones in charge.

Assuming that they’ll do so, Soccerway’s prediction is:

Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal

Realistically, Arsenal’s chances of actually holding the trophy on May 11th are very slim, but stranger things have happened in football.

Do you have a different opinion on the outcome of these matches? Use the ‘discuss’ option below!


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