If the Premier League began last year, November 2012, then Arsenal would still have escaped with the Premier League crown on the last day of the season, Sunday, November 10, despite losing 1-0 to runners-up Manchester United, according to the latest data.
David Moyes' side had the chance to claim the mythical title had they beaten the Gunners by a 4-0 margin, however, despite their identical 38-game form tally of 82 points, it would be Arsene Wenger's men who would have celebrated last weekend.
Other final standings include Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in a potentially surprising Champions League spot each, pushing Manchester City and Chelsea out of the top four.
What is perhaps most notable is how many losses the top teams have suffered, particularly City who, despite their costly squad overhaul, have still struggled to achieve a dominating consistency.
These results also demonstrate that Arsenal, Spurs and Brendan Rodgers' Reds are no mere flash-in-the-pan, but that their collective title aspirations - never mind top four ambitions - must be taken seriously throughout the actual Premier League season.
Arsenal are Champions!! The Premier League table after the last 38 games pic.twitter.com/FOuldN66iz— FansAllStar Football (@FASfootball) November 14, 2013
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