How Arsenal went from top-four hopefuls to Chelsea’s closest rivals

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Arsenal beat Burnley at Turf Moor to move closer to leaders Chelsea having been mere top-four hopefuls early this season.

It wasn’t a great game but Aaron Ramsey’s early strike was enough for Arsenal against Burnley as they moved closer to Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League.

The Gunners have gone from top-four challengers, after their 2-0 loss to Southampton at the start of January, to the Blues’ closest contenders, thanks to a run of form which has seen them pick up 33 points in 2015, more than any other club in the division.

In those three months they have doubled their points tally in almost half the number of games, having won eight in a row and 11 wins out of 12 games played.

With just six games to go, Arsene Wenger’s side are now in pole position to not only qualify automatically for the Champions League but to overhaul Chelsea, should an unthinkable capitulation occur.

Furthermore, Arsenal have an FA Cup semi-final against Championship side Reading to look forward to after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford a few weeks ago.

There is no secret behind their success. They have found the right balance and are scoring plenty of goals as well as keeping it extremely tight at the back.

Although Alexis Sanchez’s influence has waned somewhat, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud’s returns to full fitness have coincided with the Gunners' unbelievable form. The French striker has scored nine times in the league in 2015.

Their defensive record is also impressive. Two major factors have been behind their new found solidity. Firstly, the decision to drop Wojciech Szczesny for David Ospina, who has been much more reliable between the sticks, has paid off.

Secondly, the emergence of Francis Coquelin in defensive midfield has seen many more opposition attacks broken up at the source. The Frenchman is not a big name but he is doing a fantastic and important destroying job in midfield.

Arsenal are looking very strong in all areas and are the most in-form side in the Premier League right now.

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