Arsenal are back in Europe: but who else is on the up this season?

By Bulldog Drummond

Although Tottenham can overtake Arsenal if their results better ours over the remaining games, both  Manchester United and West Ham can now only reach 61 points, which means Arsenal are back in Europe next season, and it won’t mean the dreadful Europa Conference, which has successfully been left once more to the minnows.

And yet it is funny that there has hardly been a mention of this from a media that just a few weeks ago were running headlines like

Here’s how Arsenal could finish in the top four and still not get …

Headlines like this were appearing everywhere, all part of the ceaseless attempt to worry Arsenal fans and knock the club.  It was all mindless gibberish of course… yes it could have happened, but then we could run the headline, “Arsenal could secure a top four finish and miss out on the Champions League if a comet strikes the earth before the start of next season.”   In fact I think that scenario has always been more likely that the odd set of events proposed by the anti-Arsenal mob in the media.

But now we are back in Europe and it is either the Champions League or the Europa League depending on the outcome of these last games.  And that after all the early-season talk of relegation, and West Ham having a break-through season and Tottenham’s relentless rise powered by beer from the bottom of the glass and whatnot.   How odd that so many writers could be so wrong.

How can that be?

Here’s the table…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 35 25 8 2 87 23 64 83
2 Manchester City 34 26 5 3 84 21 63 83
3 Chelsea 35 19 10 6 70 31 39 67
4 Arsenal 34 20 3 11 54 41 13 63
5 Tottenham Hotspur 35 19 5 11 60 40 20 62
6 Manchester United 37 16 10 11 57 56 1 58
7 West Ham United 35 15 7 13 53 46 7 52

So the table shows that the issue to be decided is whether the Tiny Totts or Arsenal get fourth.   They can get 71 points and we can get 75 points, although neither total is likely.

Last season the table ended with the two clubs next to each other

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester City 38 27 5 6 83 32 51 86
2 Manchester United 38 21 11 6 73 44 29 74
3 Liverpool 38 20 9 9 68 42 26 69
4 Chelsea 38 19 10 9 58 36 22 67
5 Leicester City 38 20 6 12 68 50 18 66
6 West Ham United 38 19 8 11 62 47 15 65
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38 18 8 12 68 45 23 62
8 Arsenal 38 18 7 13 55 39 16 61

So who are the winners and losers?

Liverpool have had a massive improvement, already easily surpassing last season’s final total.

Manchester City have improved too, and need just four points from four games to beat last season’s total number of points.

Manchester United have had a disaster of a season and will be at least 13 points below last season’s total by the end of the season.  If not more!

Chelsea have reached the number of points they achieved last season, with three games to go.

Leicester City are still trying to exploit their ability to tackle with comparative impunity, but that impunity is now declining and they seem to have no alternative tactic.  The referees have tumbled them as we suggested they might once we started running the story, and as a result they languish in 14th although with games in hand.  Even if they won all their remaining games (which they won’t) they would still be 11 points down on last season.

West Ham have been highly tipped by the media from the start of this season, not least because they have a stadium they have never had to pay for, but they have fallen away when it matters and cannot reach last season’s total number of points.

Tottenham have reached last season’s total of points with three games to go.

And Arsenal have already beaten last season’s total number of points with four games to go.

So of last season’s top clubs, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal are all on the up.  The rest are currently being left to drift in a downward spiral of their own making.

Funny ol’ game.  The predicted teams will appear in the next post, shortly.

2 Replies to “Arsenal are back in Europe: but who else is on the up this season?”

  1. where is Tottenham getting money from, what with the stadium payments to think of?

  2. Mike, at the start of the pandemic Tottenham took out a huge loan to cover the repayments on the loan they had already taken out to pay for the building of the new stadium

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