Bournemouth’s 4-0 hammering of Chelsea on Wednesday helped Arsenal to slip into fourth place in the Premier League and raised hopes that we might just snaffle a Champions League place after all.
While our form has been patchy since the defeat to Southampton in December, Unai Emery maintains that the 47 points his side have mustered after 24 games is a tally that’s not to be sniffed at.
Everything could change this weekend when we take on second-place Manchester City, a fixture that often ends in defeat, but for the time being, the Spaniard, armed with stats, has been bullish in his assessment of his debut season in England.
Ahead of the trip to the Etihad, the Spaniard said: “I use a lot of information about the previous years in the Premier League table of other teams and also our team, and we are doing our way.
“Now with the 47 points we have in the table, in the last four years there’s only one other time Arsenal have had the same points in this moment.
“Three years ago Leicester were first in the table with 50 points, and sometimes the table gives us more chances with 47 points, and sometimes it’s giving us less.
“This year Manchester City and Liverpool are very hard and strong, and after that it’s Tottenham. Chelsea and Manchester United are together with Arsenal, but our points are good.
“We need to improve defensively, but we need to continue with our way in doing that.”
Given the summer’s upheaval, to still be part of a very competitive race for the top four isn’t too shabby. That said, as some of our recent performances have demonstrated, there’s still room for a lot of improvement.