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Arsenal’s next four matches compared to Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea

Arsenal’s next four matches compared to Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea

Yesterday, Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers increased their advantage at the top of the Premier League standings by five points.

Mikel Arteta’s squad will be league leaders on Christmas Day thanks to Manchester City’s loss to Brentford.

After a tense first half, the north Londoners were by far the superior team in the second half, as Martin Odegaard scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season from close range to propel Arsenal to 37 points.

The victory, coupled with City’s shocking home loss earlier in the day, means that Arsenal will enter the World Cup break with a five-point lead, extending their best start to a Premier League season ever.

With more than a month remaining until Arteta’s squad returns to Premier League play, SporrtsDias has compared the north Londoners’ next four games following the World Cup against those of their opponents.

West Ham (H) – December 26

Arsenal’s first match following the international break is a London derby against David Moyes’ West Ham. 

The Hammers are one point above the relegation zone after suffering a 2-0 home loss to Leicester City and unable to reproduce their form from the previous two seasons.

In recent years, Arsenal has had considerable success against West Ham, with their most recent loss occurring in January 2019. Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate gave Slaven Bilic’s team a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium in August 2015, the last time the Hammers won there.

Brighton (A) – December 31

To end an incredible 2022, Arteta’s team must travel 58 miles to the Amex Stadium on New Year’s Eve.

Arsenal may enter the new year at the top of the standings for the first time since 2016 if they win this match.

The Seagulls eliminated the Gunners from the Carabao Cup last week, one of several banana skins for the Gunners in recent years.

Newcastle (H) – January 3

What a way to begin the New Year by facing the high-flying Magpies! This match could have a significant impact on the top-four competition due to Newcastle’s excellent play this season.

Arsenal will meet Newcastle for the first time since a 2-0 loss at St. James’s Park in May, which finally ended their chase of the Champions League.

Tottenham (A) – January 14

Arteta will face Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will be a massive and difficult challenge. After the Gunners annihilated their north London opponents, Antonio Conte will be preoccupied with retribution for their September loss.

Similar to Newcastle last season, defeat against Spurs proved devastating to their aspirations of finishing in the top four. The game will be the first of several difficult road trips Arteta’s team will endure in 2023.

Manchester City’s next four fixtures:

Leeds (A) – December 28

Everton (H) – December 31

Chelsea (A) – January 5

Manchester United (A) – January 14

Chelsea’s next four fixtures:

Bournemouth (H) – December 27

Nottingham Forest (A) – January 1

Manchester City (H) – January 5

Crystal Palace (H) – January 14

Newcastle’s next four fixtures:

Leicester City (A) – December 26

Leeds (H) – December 31

Arsenal (A) – January 3

Fulham (H) – January 14

Tottenham’s next four fixtures:

Brentford (A) – December 26

Aston Villa (H) – January 1

Crystal Palace (A) – January 4

Arsenal (H) – January 14

Arsenal’s next four matches compared to Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea

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