For the past ten years, it has at times looked as though the Gunners may finally let one of those top four slots slip through their hands, but each time Arsene Wenger has managed to galvanise the team and get them over the line, often by the skin of their teeth – most notably in 2005/06, 2011/12 and 2012/13 when they narrowly pipped North London rivals Tottenham to the post each time.
Arsenal’s own inconsistency throughout this campaign has left them in a tricky spot once again and they’ve only managed three consecutive wins on one occasion.
The Gunners are currently on track to come worryingly close to recording their equal lowest points tally in Arsene Wenger’s entire 19-year reign at the club.
Previous lowest points tallies under Arsene Wenger:
- 2005/06 – 67 points
- 2006/07 – 68 points
- 2010/11 – 68 points
Defeat to Crystal Palace when they face the South London side at Selhurst Park this weekend would mean that their projected points total would fall to 65, signalling the possibility of the lowest overall tally recorded by an Arsenal team managed by Wenger.
These are just projected numbers and stats don’t mean everything of course – many will recall Arsenal’s impressive run-in at the end of the 2012/13 season when they won 10 of their final 13 games, losing just one.
Some will also argue that Arsenal’s remaining fixtures are favourable, as they face eight teams from the bottom half of the table, although points already dropped against Leicester, Hull, Stoke and Swansea this season would suggest that the Gunners can ill afford to lose focus and the pressure to perform now is extremely high.
Every game becomes a must win fixture to ensure they can keep momentum as well as forcing the teams around them into mistakes through the stress of having to keep up with the pace.
One thing that is guaranteed is an exciting race to the European qualification finish line.
Will Arsenal record their lowest ever points tally under Wenger? And will they qualify for Champions League football?