Cheer up Gooners! You’re team may be out of the Champions League after going down 3-1 on aggregate against FC Bayern Munchen, but there’s plenty of reasons to believe a gutsy Arsenal side can finish above Liverpool, who they’re currently level with on 59 points, at lip-smacking 5/4 odds.
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Arsenal’s post-FC Bayern bounce last season was the stuff of legend, with 26 Premier League points procured from a possible 30 following a strong performance in Germany.
Arsene Wenger’s side were on a hiding to nothing in Bavaria, yet they still managed to avoid defeat at the Allianz Arena for the second year running, which is some feat considering that Manchester City are the only other side that have escaped from there unscathed since December 2012.
The Gunners went unbeaten for the rest of the season following last March’s 2-0 win against Bayern, winning eight and drawing two Premier League matches in the process and a similar run this year would practically guarantee them third place at worst.
Wenger’s men have outpointed Liverpool over the last ten Premier League games in three of the past four campaigns.
In contrast to Arsenal’s remarkable record during the 2012/13 run-in, Liverpool could only manage victories in half of the last ten matches of Brendan Rodgers’ first season at the helm.
A 22-point haul from those games was their best return over the period since 2008/09, despite the Reds missing opportunities to claim wins at home to West Ham, Chelsea and Everton, whilst bringing in just one point from visits to Southampton and Reading.
This doesn’t bode well for their run of fixtures between now and this season’s end, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Man City and Chelsea still to face.
Aaron Ramsey is due back for Arsenal’s match against Spurs and loan signing Kim Kallstrom could make his debut at White Hart Lane, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue to impress on the wing.
‘The Ox’ has been a tremendous plus since returning from a five-month injury lay-off in January and should still be relatively fresh, having played just 15 times for club and country this term.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s trickery and pace has caused huge problems for opposition defences in recent weeks and the only matches Arsenal haven’t won with the 20-year-old on from the start so far in 2014 were against FCB and the Reds, with the latter result personally avenged a week later.
Ramsey’s return after nearly three months out will be another massive boost, as the Welshman shocked football watchers with 15 goals in his first 21 games of the season for the Gunners and with experienced Swede Kallstrom due to make his delayed debut, Arsenal look well stocked going into the final two months of the campaign.