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 Arsenal next five fixtures compared to Liverpool and Man City after West Ham thrashing

 Arsenal next five fixtures compared to Liverpool and Man City after West Ham thrashing

Arsenal delivered a captivating performance at the London Stadium in response to victories by Liverpool and Manchester City earlier in the weekend. Right from the start, the Gunners asserted their dominance, particularly capitalizing on a dynamic 15-minute period just before halftime.

Goals from William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes underscored the team’s defensive prowess, while Bukayo Saka reached a milestone with his 50th goal for the club from a penalty. Leandro Trossard’s elegant finish just before halftime added further shine to Arsenal’s impressive display.

With this victory, Arsenal maintains their position heading into the weekend, albeit with a significantly enhanced goal difference. 

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Liverpool remains at the top after defeating Burnley 3-1 at Anfield, while City briefly ascended to the summit with a 2-0 win over Everton earlier in the day.

Tottenham, considered outsiders for the title race, managed to keep their faint hopes alive by securing a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Brighton, courtesy of a dramatic 96th-minute winner from Brennan Johnson.

Looking ahead, Champions League football looms on the horizon for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta, who aims to compete on multiple fronts for the remainder of the season. 

The upcoming stretch of five league games will be pivotal for the Gunners as they seek to maintain momentum.

Burnley (A) – Saturday, February 17

Arsenal are expected to be heavily favored to secure their fifth consecutive league victory when they visit Turf Moor next week. In a match featuring two managers influenced by Pep Guardiola, Arteta will aim to outwit the struggling Vincent Kompany.

Burnley currently sit second from the bottom, tied on 13 points, and are gradually falling behind with each passing week. Their home record is dismal, having only won one game all season, which was against the relegation-threatened Sheffield United. 

While Arsenal’s recent performances away from home have been inconsistent, there’s no denying the overwhelming expectation for them to secure a victory in this match.

Newcastle (H) – Saturday, February 24

The situation becomes temporarily more challenging, particularly following the first leg of Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 encounter with Porto. Newcastle emerged victorious in the previous encounter at St James’ Park, a match marred by VAR controversies, but have since experienced a decline in form.

Under Eddie Howe’s management, Newcastle find themselves outside the top six, trailing Aston Villa by ten points. Despite a resilient response to a difficult period during Christmas and New Year, winning three out of their last four matches and drawing the other, they are not the same defensively solid side that enjoyed success last year.

Sheffield United (A) – Monday, March 4

In response to a demanding week of European travel and intense matches, Arsenal will have a full ten days to recuperate before facing the league’s weakest side this season. 

Despite Chris Wilder’s appointment at Bramall Lane, Sheffield United’s situation hasn’t improved significantly, and Arsenal will be determined to crush any semblance of hope from their opponents.

Brentford (H) – Saturday, March 9

The timeframe between matches narrows considerably for Arsenal’s next fixture, hosting Ivan Toney, Thomas Frank, and Brentford. This match presents the kind of potential stumbling block Arsenal will aim to handle with ease. 

Despite Brentford’s recent struggles, having won only two of their last 11 games in all competitions, the return of Toney adds strength to their lineup. 

Toney will undoubtedly be motivated to make a statement against a team still heavily linked with a potential move for him.

Chelsea (H) – Saturday, March 16

In the final game before the international break, Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea side, at least for the time being, will visit the Emirates Stadium. 

Arsenal’s track record against Chelsea at home has been relatively strong, having lost only two of their last 11 encounters, including a convincing 3-1 victory last year.

Pochettino’s team remains somewhat unpredictable, as evidenced by their performance in the reverse fixture where they controlled the game for 75 minutes at Stamford Bridge before collapsing late. 

However, their away form has been lacking in recent months, with their win over Villa in mid-week marking just their second victory in eight away matches. Arsenal will be eager to capitalize on this match and apply pressure on their opponents.

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

Chelsea (H) – Saturday, February 17

Brentford (H) – Tuesday, February 20

Bournemouth (A) – Tuesday, February 20

 Arsenal next five fixtures compared to Liverpool and Man City after West Ham thrashing

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