Our 3-0 win over Manchester United last weekend gave us a much needed shot in the arm, and Arsenal fans and players alike are now in confident mood where the Premier League title is concerned. For a little more of a boost however, check out the alternative league tables below, which show we are top for the 2015 calendar year (via the Metro).
We enjoyed a fantastic second half to the 2014/15 campaign, but were let down by our poor start to the season. Chelsea always looked like romping to victory, but things are very, very different this time around.
Manchester City are currently leading the English top flight, but are only ahead of us by two points. And if you look at our points over the course of 2015, then we’re actually four points ahead of Manuel Pellegrini’s side – our 58 bettering their 54.
You may argue that having played only 27 games in that period it’s not a particularly fair representation of a season, but even if you take the last 38 games (the total number in one Premier League season) we still come out joint top. Arsenal and Manchester City are both on 80 points over the last 38 games, although we would just miss out on the theoretical title through goal difference; drat!
Unless I’ve goofed up, Arsenal top PL for Calendar Year 2015/joint top over last 38 games=Solid chance to win Title? pic.twitter.com/WmzKX7zAdN
— DesiGunner (@goonerdesi) October 7, 2015
Obviously this doesn’t actually prove anything, as we’ve made it a habit of ours to enjoy a successful half season after or before a bit of a dip.
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What these numbers do show however, is that we are at the very least capable of competing for the title. If we can top the table in the calendar year and remain more than competitive over a 38 game period, then why can we not do it over the course of a season?
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We’ve shown our usual inconsistencies this season, but with performances like the one we put on against Manchester United, we’ve shown just what we can do when we play to our potential.