Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table, one point ahead of second-placed Manchester City, after a remarkable run of form that has seen them win 10 of their last 11 games. The Gunners have also scored 32 goals and conceded only nine in that period, showing their quality at both ends of the pitch.
But what makes Arsenal’s position even more impressive is the fact that they have faced some of the toughest opponents in the league so far. According to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, Arsenal have already played seven of the top 10 teams in the league, while Man City have only played four.
Carragher believes that this gives Arsenal an advantage over their rivals in the title race, as they have more favourable fixtures to come in the second half of the season. He also points out that Arsenal have a better head-to-head record against Man City, having beaten them 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in October.
“Arsenal have been sensational this season and they deserve to be top of the table,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football. “They have played with flair, intensity and confidence, and they have shown that they can beat anyone on their day.”
“But what really stands out for me is the strength of their schedule so far. They have already played seven of the top 10 teams in the league, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United. And they have taken 16 points from those games, which is a fantastic return.”
“Man City, on the other hand, have only played four of the top 10 teams so far, and they have dropped points against Liverpool and Arsenal. They still have to play Chelsea twice, Man United twice and Tottenham twice. That’s a lot of tough games to come for them.”
“So I think Arsenal have an advantage over Man City in terms of fixtures. They also have a better goal difference and a better head-to-head record against them. And they have a manager in Mikel Arteta who knows how to win trophies and get the best out of his players.”
“Arsenal are not favourites to win the league, but they are certainly contenders. And they have a great chance to end their long wait for a Premier League title this season.”
Final Thoughts: Arsenal’s Title Advantage Over Man City
Arsenal’s current position at the top of the Premier League table is no fluke. The Gunners have been in sensational form in recent weeks, winning 10 of their last 11 games and scoring goals for fun while conceding very few. But what makes their position even more impressive is the strength of their schedule so far.
According to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, Arsenal have already faced seven of the top 10 teams in the league, while Manchester City have only faced four. This means that Arsenal have already had to navigate some of the toughest fixtures of the season, and they have done so with great success, taking 16 points from those seven games.
In contrast, City still have to face some of the toughest opponents in the league, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham, twice. This could give Arsenal a significant advantage in the title race, as they have already played the toughest fixtures and now have a more favourable run-in.
Carragher also points out that Arsenal have a better head-to-head record against City, having beaten them 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in October. This could be crucial in a tight title race, as the teams are currently separated by just one point.
It’s also worth noting that Arsenal have a manager in Mikel Arteta who knows how to win trophies, having won the FA Cup last season, and who has a clear vision for how he wants his team to play. This has been evident in the way Arsenal have played this season, with a clear emphasis on pressing high up the pitch and attacking with pace and precision.
Of course, there is still a long way to go in the season, and anything can happen in the Premier League. But based on their current form, their favourable schedule and their head-to-head record against City, it’s fair to say that Arsenal are genuine contenders for the title this season.