Arsenal started the 2020/21 season poorly that some fans were worried things could be going south. However, in the past three matches, Mikel Arteta seems to have rediscovered his mojo. He has led the Gunners to three wins in their last four matches and punters on online soccer betting are beginning to regain the confidence they had in Arsenal. There was even talk of a relegation battle, but that was premature as Arsenal are now ninth on the table. So, what are their top-four chances? Will they miss out again? Let’s dig into the team’s form, fitness, and fixtures.
One of the most frustrating things for Arteta this season is the lack of game time for big summer signing Thomas Partey. The Ghanaian arrived at the Emirates with a big reputation as one of the most effective holding midfielders. The Gunners really valued him that they forked out £45 million to lure him from Atletico Madrid.
The only challenge has been that he has played very few minutes. He has struggled with a thigh injury that has seen him feature for only 280 minutes in the Premier League. After Arsenal thrashed West Brom 4-0, Arteta claimed that getting Partey back to fitness would be like getting a new signing.
However, even punters on Betway will tell you his return does not guarantee results. Arsenal have only won one game and scored one goal for the four Premier League games he has played. Nevertheless, if he can rediscover his form, he will be a key player in their quest for Champions League football next season.
An Encouraging Run
Arsenal have had fair results from their favourable January schedule, which has seen them rise to 9th. Winning the next two fixtures could send a very strong message about their ambition this season. They play Manchester United at home and Wolves away. While the fixtures look tough on paper, both United and Wolves have not been putting in convincing performances.
United’s loss to bottom-placed Sheffield United has dented the confidence they would have come with to the Emirates. Therefore, they have a perfect opportunity to get their top-four quest underway by beating United on Saturday.
So, Is The Top-Four A Possibility?
The Gunners have put in great performances in their past few games. However, things change really quickly this season. United fans were singing ‘Ole out’ at some point earlier in the season, but a good run of results saw them go top of the league. So, can they sustain their good run? Will Lacazette, who has won punters on Betway some cash with some crucial goals, continue his form? Can Aubameyang rediscover his form? Will Odegaard hit the ground running immediately?
Many variables stand between the Gunners and a top-four finish. But, as things stand, anything can happen in the EPL. If they lose two matches, they return to the relegation zone. However, if they can go on a longer winning streak, then who knows, they could even be in the title race in this bizarre EPL campaign.