Why drawing, drawing Arsenal could be top of the Premier League now

Arsenal's fantastic nine-game winning run in the Premier League has put Arsene Wenger's side second in the table, but they could well be sitting top.

Arsenal fans have taken great delight in their superb form since the 2-1 defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur back in February.

And some are even dreaming the Gunners could make up the seven points needed to catch leaders Chelsea, with the Blues still to visit the Emirates before the season's end.

But, if anything, Arsenal should be kicking themselves they are not already sat one point clear of Jose Mourinho's side.

A glance back at the club's opening eight games shows how Wenger's slow starters threw away eight points which would have seen them leading the way going into the final six games of the season.

Draws against Everton, Manchester City, Tottenham and Hull, despite a 2-1 winning start to the campaign against Crystal Palace, could condemn the club to finishing no higher than they currently are in the table.

The club have only drawn two games since then to further compound just how crucial those dropped points could prove to be over the course of the season.

Wenger himself remains pessimistic about Arsenal's chances of a surprise title surge, telling BBC Sport in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 win over Burnley that it is unlikely.

He said: "I don't think our game against Chelsea will decide the title - they have (a) game in hand.

"We still need a perfect run and a non-perfect run from them."

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