Gunners could be in seven heaven

Arsenal could clinch Champions League qualification in just seven games, according to recent history.

And another 39 points may well secure their first Premier League title since 2004.

The Gunners have enjoyed a stunning first half of the season, dropping just seven points from 18 matches. They sit five points clear, with 15 wins, two draws and just one defeat.

And ahead of facing Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday,  the Gunners’ current record of 2.61 points per game would see them club finish on a whopping 99 points.

We worked out how many points was enough to secure first, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and 17th – for the various European places and to avoid relegation – by taking the points tallies for the place below in each of the last season and adding one then averaging it out.

So to finish top of the league, the winners needed one more point than second place – 82 in 2017-18, 98 in 2018-19, 82 in 2019-20, 75 in 2020-21 and 93 in 2021-22. That averages at 86.

For fourth and Champions League qualification, the average points for fifth is 67 points over the last five years so 68 would guarantee a top-four finish.

That is just 21 points more than Arsenal’s current total, meaning seven wins and 68 points could be wrapped up by early March, securing a first Champions League campaign for the Gunners since 2016-17.

Lower down, 63 is statically on average enough for fifth and 59 for sixth to get into the Europa League.

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