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3. Champions League not out of the equation just yet

Prior to football’s restart, Arsenal harboured faint hopes of reclaiming Champions League qualification. With Manchester City banned from European competition for two years, a top-five place would be enough to do it, and the Gunners were on the edge of the race.

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After losses to Manchester City and Brighton, it seemed as though those hopes had been entirely scuppered. But, thanks to the unpredictability of the Premier League and the poor results from those in and around the top half, Arsenal are not entirely out of the race. And now, after three wins in three matches, including this against a direct rival, leaves them on the cusp of breaking into the top six positions.

Earlier in the day, Manchester United produced another excellent performance to move into the top four. However, they are still only six points clear and not uncatchable during the final weeks of the campaign. Wolves are now within three points, while Spurs and Sheffield United have begun to fall off the pace.

Arsenal still have lots of work to do. But if they can beat Leicester City and Spurs this week they will move to within six points of the former and well clear of the latter. The Champions League is not out of reach just yet, however ridiculous that sounds to say.