Arsenal have won just one match in their last five games in the Premier League and their disappointing display and result against the Toffees last weekend leaves them just one point ahead of the Blues who have a game in hand.
However, it may not be time to panic just yet for the North London side who have never failed to qualify for the Champions League under Arsene Wenger. Everton’s remaining six fixtures include games at home against Manchester City and Manchester United as well as teams fighting for survival at the other end of the table in Sunderland and Crystal Palace as well as Hull and Southampton.
The Gunners should, however, be worried about their own fixtures – whilst they now face a run exclusive of the ‘big teams’ whom they have played twice each now, they will host West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom and travel to Hull and Norwich or the last day of term next month.
It’s well within the Gunners’ capabilities to win their remaining five games against teams they’re unbeaten against this season with Everton facing a Manchester City side who know the title is in their hands if they win their remaining games and a Manchester United side boosted by some positive results in recent weeks.
Arsene Wenger admitted in his post-match press conference that the Gunners are in danger of slipping out of the top four, which is undeniable given the Toffees game in hand and one solitary point disadvantage but if they can replicate their unbeaten run at the back end of last season, they will likely still qualify for the Champions League unless Everton go on a six-game unbeaten run, which, incidentally, is exactly what they’ve achieved in their last six games.
Arsenal are by no means out of the woods and they are certainly closer than they’ve been all season to missing out on the top four but the likelihood of Everton putting together another six-game unbeaten run is less likely given that they have lost their games against Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool in recent weeks when they’ve come up against top opposition which, having been beaten so comprehensively at the weekend, Arsenal must now prove they belong in that category.