At the London Stadium, Arsenal displayed their strength in reaction to Saturday’s triumphs by Manchester City and Liverpool. Although the Gunners led from the beginning, they truly came into their own in a scorching 15-minute stretch just before halftime.
William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes’ goals helped the defense have a successful day, and Bukayo Saka’s penalty kick goal marked his 50th goal for the team. Just before the half, Leandro Trossard’s curled finish completed a solid performance.
The result left Arsenal’s situation unchanged going into the weekend, despite having a significantly better goal differential. After beating Burnley 3-1 at Anfield, Liverpool maintained their top spot, although City temporarily reached the summit earlier on Saturday.
Tottenham, the outsiders for the title, barely continued their veiled attempts to crash the celebration. Brennan Johnson scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute to help Spurs come back from behind to defeat Brighton 2-1.
For the rest of the season, Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will try to fight on two fronts, with Champions League football now in the picture. A vital era is about to begin for the Gunners. The following five league games will proceed as follows.
Burnley (A) – On Saturday, February 17,
Arsenal is predicted to triumph at Turf Moor in their fifth straight league game. Two of Pep Guardiola’s protégés will face off, with Arteta looking to beat a struggling Vincent Kompany.
With 13 points, Burnley is currently second from the bottom and getting worse every day. This season, they have only triumphed once at home.
Newcastle (Away) – February 24, Saturday
Temporary difficulties arise, especially after Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 encounter against Porto’s first leg. Newcastle prevailed in the rematch at St. James’ Park after a tense game clouded by the VAR controversy, but they have since faltered.
Eddie Howe’s team is now outside the top six, trailing Aston Villa by ten points. They are not the same resilient club that had such successful defensive play the previous year, but they have bounced back nicely after a challenging stretch between Christmas and New Year’s, winning three of their last four games and drawing the other.
United of Sheffield (A) – The best option for Arsenal to bounce back from a challenging week of traveling throughout Europe and playing under pressure is to play the league’s bottom team on Monday, March 4. Arsenal will have ten days to recuperate before taking on the team. The Blades’ results haven’t changed much since Chris Wilder moved to Bramall Lane, and Arsenal won’t be in the mood to give them much hope in this match.
Brentford (H) – March 9, Saturday
The next game, which is a visit from Brentford, Thomas Frank, and Ivan Toney, has a far shorter turnaround. This is the kind of banana skin Arsenal wants to slide through with ease.
Liverpool next five fixtures
Brentford (A) – Saturday, February 17
Luton (H) – Wednesday, February 21
Nottingham Forest (A) – Saturday, March 2
Man City (H) – Saturday, March 9
Everton (A) – Saturday, March 16
Manchester City next five fixtures
Brentford (A) – Monday, February 5
Everton (H) – Saturday, February 10