Arsenal’s best and worst-case scenario this weekend with chance to rejoin Europe’s elite

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Arsenal’s next three Premier League fixtures could very well be decisive in the top-four race. Ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Ham United, Mikel Arteta’s side have a two-point cushion over Tottenham Hotspur and can still mathematically catch Chelsea in third.

Following the trip to the London Stadium, the Gunners welcome Leeds United to the Emirates Stadium before that massive north London derby away at Spurs where if things go to plan, Champions League football could be secured with a win over their biggest rivals.

It’s then games against Newcastle United and Everton to end the campaign and whilst Arsenal are once again in control of their own destiny with regards to winning the top-four battle, they would benefit greatly from a favour or two from some of their Premier League rivals.

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For example, if results go the Gunners’ way this weekend they will guarantee a top-seven finish which means, at the very least, Europa Conference League football will be on the menu next season thanks to Liverpool winning the Carabao Cup as well as contesting the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Speaking of the Blues they face Everton at Goodison Park, Spurs host a Leicester City side that could have one eye on next week’s Europa Conference League semi-final second leg against Roma, Wolves face Brighton at home and Manchester United round off the weekend’s action against Brentford on Monday night.

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With the potential of a huge weekend on the cards in the Premier League, football.london has taken a look at what would be the best and worst-case scenarios for Arsenal as there’s a chance for Arteta to achieve his main target for the 2021/22 season with four games to spare.

Best case scenario

Wolves vs Brighton and Hove Albion – AWAY WIN

Everton vs Chelsea – HOME WIN

Tottenham vs Leicester City – AWAY WIN

West Ham vs ArsenalAWAY WIN

Man United vs Brentford – AWAY WIN

With the Hammers potentially resting key players ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg against Frankfurt, it’s probably the best time to visit the London Stadium and if Arsenal leave with three points in the bag then they will be in a great position to seal a return to Europe for next season.

Furthermore, if results go their way and Everton beat Chelsea, and Leicester beat Spurs, Arteta’s side would be within striking distance of third and will open up a five-point lead over Tottenham with four games remaining which could place all the pressure on Antonio Conte come May 12.

Finishing above Man United is huge for some Arsenal fans to this very day and that will become a reality if the Red Devils are beaten at home by Brentford as it would leave them only able to achieve a maximum points total of 61. Meanwhile, if Wolves were to lose – or even draw at home to Brighton – then the Gunners can finish no lower than fifth this season which means a place in next season’s Europa League group phase.

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Worst-case scenario

Wolves vs Brighton and Hove Albion – HOME WIN

Everton vs Chelsea – AWAY WIN

Tottenham vs Leicester City – HOME WIN

West Ham vs ArsenalHOME WIN

Man United vs Brentford – HOME WIN

This is really a worst-case scenario for Arsenal as not only would any hopes of finishing third all but disappear, Tottenham would take control of the top-four race once again and Man United would be two points behind – albeit having played two games more – and the pressure would transfer to Arteta as their chances of Champions League qualification take a massive hit.

In addition, they’d have to wait at least another week to confirm a top-seven finish as Wolves could still leapfrog them in the Premier League table and being caught by the Hammers would not be out of the question even if they have a game in hand over David Moyes’ side.

Source by Football London

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