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Arsenal’s next six Premier League fixtures compared to Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham

Arsenal suffered a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United on Thursday evening in what was their second loss in three Premier League games.

The Gunners lost to Liverpool recently at Anfield, before they bounced back with a comfortable win against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium, but Thursday saw Mikel Arteta’s team edged out in a five-goal thriller at Old Trafford.

Arsenal sit in fifth place in the Premier League table at the time of writing, with the Gunners just one point below West Ham United, one above Tottenham and two above Manchester United.

As Arteta looks to guide his team back into European competition next season, the next six matches – over a hectic December schedule – are set to prove pivotal to the remainder of Arsenal’s campaign.

Everton at Goodison Park

Arsenal travel to Merseyside to face Everton on Monday evening, with the Toffees in a tough place at the moment.

They were beaten 4-1 in the Merseyside Derby by Liverpool on Wednesday on their home turf, which led to even more pressure on manager Rafael Benitez.

Everton have not won a Premier League match since beating Norwich City 2-0 towards the end of September and sit down in 14th place in the table, just five points above the relegation zone.

Southampton at the Emirates

A few days after the trip to Merseyside, Arsenal return to north London as they welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium.

The Saints are struggling this season and sit in 16th place in the Premier League table, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team without a win since the start of last month.

The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw with Southampton in this fixture last season, but Arteta led his side to a 3-1 victory on the south coast.

West Ham at the Emirates

This is a match that could be crucial for the battle for a European place come the end of the season.

West Ham started the season brilliantly, but have somewhat tailed off recently and are without a win in the Premier League since stunning Liverpool at the start of last month.

However, the Hammers have some real quality in their squad and will fancy their chances against Arsenal.

Leeds United at Elland Road

After a superb 2020/21 campaign, Leeds United have struggled so far this season, but may be coming into some form now.

The Whites picked up a crucial three points earlier in the week as they scored a last-minute winner against Crystal Palace at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are a unique test, but Arteta will be boosted with what he saw earlier in the season, with Arsenal beating Leeds in the Carabao Cup.

Norwich City at Carrow Road

The Boxing Day fixture sees Arsenal travel to Norwich City, who have come into some form recently.

The Canaries, who are now managed by Dean Smith, are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches – with two wins and two draws.

Arsenal, though, know that a trip to Carrow Road must result in three points if they are to seriously challenge for a top-four place this season.

Wolves at the Emirates

Just two days after their trip to Norwich, Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates Stadium.

The Midlands-based outfit currently sit in eighth place in the Premier League table, with Bruno Lage doing a sterling job at Molineux so far.

Wolves did the league double over Arsenal last season and the Gunners will be all too aware of the threats posed by their talented side when the two teams come head-to-head just before the New Year.

 

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