Premier League heartbreak, Champions League glory, Saka and Rice awards – Arsenal predictions

By Staff

The Premier League is approaching the business end and it’s an exciting time for Arsenal. The Gunners sit top of a thrilling three way chase for the title. Hot on their tails are Manchester City and Liverpool, making for what could be the best title race in Premier League history.

Mikel Arteta’s men have also reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 14 years. They’ll be facing familiar opponents in Bayern Munich at this stage.

With all that going on it’s time to start looking ahead to what could happen between now and the end of the season. Here takes a look at what may lie in store for the Gunners.

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Premier League heartbreak

This may not be what you want to hear, but it does look very tricky for Arsenal right now in the Premier League. Their run in is absolutely brutal.

After facing Manchester City on the first game back after the international break they face trips to Brighton, Wolves, Manchester United and Tottenham. Let’s take a second to look at Arsenal’s record in those away games.

They’ve won once at Spurs since 2015 and once at United since 2006 in the league. At City meanwhile they’ve not won since 2015. In fact they’ve only managed one draw at the Etihad in that time. Across those nine games they’ve lost by an aggregate of 24-6. That record gets even worse when you just look at the five games Arteta has presided over where the scores stand at 14-1.

Even in the games that look more winnable on paper they’ve struggled. They’ve lost twice at Molineux since Wolves were promoted in 2018, and they’ve won just two out of six since Brighton came up from the Championship in 2017.

Overcoming a few of those historical hurdles might be possible, but to do them all seems very tricky. With City and Liverpool breathing down their necks there is very little margin for slip ups. It’s just too hard to see Arsenal still being top come May with all that against them.

Champions League glory

The Champions League does feel more possible however. This may seem strange given that Arsenal have been put in the side of the draw containing the three best teams in remaining in the tournament.

They’ll fancy their chances of beating Bayern Munich though. Thomas Tuchel’s side sit 10 points off Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga and look set to miss out on the German title for the first time since 2012. Bayern have failed to really convince in the biggest games this season and have looked vulnerable at the back.

Should Arsenal get beyond them they’ll have to hope Real Madrid can do them a favour. If Arsenal do get City in the semi-finals though, the Gunners have already shown they can beat Pep Guardiola’s side twice this season. It would be a close affair but you feel they could do it.

The final would then be a tricky test against what is likely to be PSG. If Arsenal can get that far though, you’d have to back them to lift the trophy for the first time at Wembley in June.

Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice scoop up the individual awards

In recent years the player of the season awards have been something of a foregone conclusion. Erling Haaland was always going to win it last year. Mohamed Salah was a deserved winner the season prior as well. This year it’s a bit more up in the air though.

One contender to win the overall award is definitely Declan Rice. The England midfielder has been a revelation since becoming the most expensive player in British history this summer. There hasn’t really been a stand out player for Manchester City this season, although Phil Foden is probably their best bet. Virgil Van Dijk meanwhile would have a decent shot at winning the award for the first time if Liverpool go on to win the league.

When it comes to the young player of the year Bukayo Saka should be firm favourite. The England international has 13 goals and eight assists in the Premier League this season, and in 2024 in particular he’s been sublime. Again Foden could be a decent shout for this award given that he just about qualifies as someone who will turn 24 in late May. Cole Palmer could be an outside shout, but Saka should surely be the primary contender at this point.

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