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Key stat reveals why Arsenal deserve to be top of the Premier League at Christmas

Key stat reveals why Arsenal deserve to be top of the Premier League at Christmas

Arsenal will be atop the Premier League standings at the christmas break after dropping just five points in their first 14 matches.

Manchester City were defeated 2-1 by Brentford at the Etihad Stadium prior to the World Cup break, leaving the Gunners as the only Premier League team with a perfect record at home this season.

Arsenal moved five points clear of the defending champions thanks to club captain Martin Odegaard’s brace in a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux.

Mikel Arteta’s squad was able to capitalize on their rivals’ dropped points with a 2-0 victory over Wolves, which moved Arsenal five points ahead of the defending champions.

Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko moved to the Emirates Stadium from City during the summer transfer window, as Arteta poached two star players from his former club to improve Arsenal.

William Saliba’s impressive play since his return from a successful loan spell with Marseille has been one of the many contributing factors to the Gunners’ early-season lead in the English Premier League.

Arteta will work with a number of players left at home by their national teams during the World Cup break, while also assisting the development of those players seeking to break into the first team and increase competition for spots.

On Boxing Day, the Gunners resume Premier League play with a massive matchup against London rivals West Ham.

For the first time since August 28, 2021 (443 days ago), City are not at the top of the ‘Justice Table’ rankings, a key statistical measure used to determine where Premier League teams should be positioned.

The Gunners have accumulated 0.14 more Expected Points than Pep Guardiola’s squad this season, giving them a narrow edge.

After the World Cup, Arteta’s team will face a crucial stretch of games to kick off the second half of the season. Arteta will be hoping his squad can continue its stellar play.

The objective has always been to return to the UEFA Champions League either by winning the Europa League or by finishing in the top four, but the longer the Gunners remain atop the Premier League table, the more fans will begin to fantasize about a potential first title since the legendary Invincibles season 18 years ago.

Key stat reveals why Arsenal deserve to be top of the Premier League at Christmas

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