Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have their final Premier League fixtures this season, which means this weekend might be crucial in the top-four race.
Chelsea may still be caught in third place mathematically, but their superior goal difference means they only need one point from their final two games for Champions League qualification. As a result, who joins them at Europe’s top table next season will be decided by the North London duo.
Arsenal are currently the favorites due to the fact that they have points on the board and must rely on their own results. They might have clinched a top-four finish with a win in the derby on Thursday night, but the 3-0 defeat has set up a tense end to the 2021/22 Premier League season.
The majority of Arsenal supporters will point out that, in the end, losing to Spurs may not be too harmful. That’s thanks to the four-point lead they built up before the game by beating Leeds United last weekend to take advantage of their main rivals’ 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Even with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min keeping the top-four chase alive, Spurs must win both Burnley and Norwich City, as well as hope for an Arsenal slip-up in their final two games against Newcastle United and an Everton side that may still be fighting for safety.
Tottenham are the first team to play this weekend, and if they beat the Clarets at home, they will be two points ahead of Arsenal heading to St James’ Park. In this scenario, Mikel Arteta’s team needs to score as many points as possible to reclaim control of the top-four race and ensure that the fight goes to the last day.
Because both teams are playing at the same time against Everton and Norwich on Sunday afternoon, every goal scored will cause stress inside the Emirates Stadium and at Carrow Road, with fans eagerly anticipating information from either game. However, there is one scenario in which Arteta, Arsenal’s players, and fans may be in a good mood before even kicking a ball against the Toffees.
If Spurs lose at home to Burnley and Arsenal defeat Newcastle on Monday night, the four-point advantage would be restored, and with one game remaining, it would be theoretically impossible for the Lilywhites to finish higher than fifth.
A draw between Spurs and Burnley would also be ideal for Arteta’s side before their match, as it would put them in a position where four points from the final two games would be enough to confirm the first St Totteringham’s Day since May 2016, when it became mathematically impossible for Tottenham to finish above Arsenal in the Premier League table.