Arsenal is currently at the top of the Premier League table, with 18 points from 7 matches. Of course, there are still 31 more Premier League matches to play. Still, this is a positive start for the Gunners. Let’s get into whether or not Arsenal is on track for a top 4 finish in the Premier League this season.
Case for a Top 4 Finish: Arsenal’s Attack
Arsenal has scored a total of 17 goals in seven Premier League matches this season. This ranks 3rd in terms of goals scored in the English top flight this season, behind only Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal’s attack has certainly been quite effective so far this season. Based on how many goals the top four teams scored last season, Arsenal is certainly on track to finish in the top four if they can keep scoring at this rate. Of course, Arsenal has faced some weaker defensive teams so far this season, but 17 goals so far is still quite impressive.
Additionally, Arsenal has scored at least three goals or more three times already this season. Arsenal scored four goals against Leicester, three goals against Bournemouth, and another three goals in their most recent PL win against Brentford. Arsenal has had no trouble creating goal-scoring opportunities thus far. The Gunners could have scored more goals in some of these wins.
Arsenal’s defense has performed similarly well so far this season. Arsenal has only conceded 7 goals across seven Premier League matches. This averages out to only one goal conceded per goal so far. In terms of actual goals conceded, Arsenal has only conceded more than one goal twice so far this season. When examining the number of goals top 4 clubs conceded last season, Arsenal is on track to finish in the top 4 by this metric, as well. Arsenal’s defense has held up quite well so far this season.
Arsenal Will Have to Win Matches Against Other Top 4 Clubs
Arsenal has been in good form so far this season. However, the Gunners will have to win matches against other teams competing for a top 4 finish this season. They lost against Manchester United and will have to win such matches to finish in the top 4. Arsenal is certainly capable of winning such matches, though, especially with its strongest starting 11 on the pitch.
Race for a Top 4 Finish: Arsenal Face Tottenham in the NLD Next
Arsenal have a crucial match at home against Tottenham in the first North London Derby of the season this weekend. This will be a hugely important match to test Arsenal’s top 4 credentials. Victory will put Arsenal four points clear of Tottenham, which could prove vital later on this season. Arsenal has beaten Tottenham at the Emirates quite a few seasons in a row, so it makes sense to bet on the Gunners doing so again. Check back in next week for our match review of Arsenal’s first NLD of the season.