Arsenal fell out of the top four in the Premier League on Monday evening, as defeat to Everton last weekend allowed Chelsea to move into third with victory over West Ham, while the Gunners dropped to fifth.
Unai Emery’s side do have a game in hand over the Blues, however, as do their rivals for the top four Tottenham and Manchester United, as the race for the Champions League qualification spots heats up.
Just five points separate Chelsea in third and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United in sixth, and both Spurs and Arsenal have the chance to leapfrog the Blues once again should they win their game in hand.
Emery’s side are just three points adrift of Chelsea in third, and one point behind North London rivals Spurs, with six league games remaining.
And with the race for the top four heating up, we’ve decided to have a look at Arsenal’s run in to the end of the season, and assess their chances of finishing in the Champions League qualification spots.
Match 33, Watford (A)
The Gunners face a tricky test away to FA Cup finalists Watford in their next Premier League fixture. Arsenal have won just two of their last 11 away games in all competitions, and are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in the league. Unai Emery’s side did win the reverse fixture 2-0, however, their seventh win in all competitions at the time.
Match 34, Crystal Palace (H)
Arsenal then host Crystal Palace at the Emirates, three days after the second leg of their quarter final tie against Napoli in the Europa League. Granit Xhaka scored a wonderful free kick before giving away a penalty late on in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Palace earlier this season.
Match 35, Wolves (A)
Arsenal’s game in hand against Wolves could define their Premier League season. Molineux is a notoriously difficult place to go, however, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have a brilliant record against sides from the top six this season.
Match 36, Leicester (A)
Another tricky away fixture is up next for the Gunners, as they travel to face Brendan Rodgers’ resurgent Leicester City. Emery’s side came from behind to beat the Foxes 3-1 at the Emirates in the reverse fixture.
Match 37, Brighton (H)
The Gunners are back at the Emirates for their penultimate game of the season, in a match that could impact both ends of the table. Brighton have slipped to just five points clear of the relegation zone, and given their poor form, could find themselves needing a win here to stay up.
Match 38, Burnley (A)
Arsenal end their season away to Burnley, looking to replicate the 3-1 victory they recorded against Sean Dyche’s side earlier this season.
Arsenal will need to sort their away form out if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the Champions League qualification spots this season, with four of their remaining six league fixtures coming away from home.