The Premier League title race is far more competitive this season.
The Gunners are currently second in the table, two points behind surprise leaders Leicester City.
Only six points separates the top four at this stage with Leicester’s 35 points from 16 matches the equivalent to 83 points over a 38-game campaign, some way off Chelsea’s record 95 points.
The Blues opened up a considerable gap by the same stage last season, yet this year a number of surprises have ensued with Jose Mourinho’s recent sacking arguably the biggest of the lot.
Speaking to reporters on the title race, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says it is very tight at the top and believes as few as 80 points could be all which is needed to be crowned champions.
"It looks to be very tight. We have played 16 games and the top team is on 35 points, so it means that the Premier League could be decided at around 80 points,” Wenger explained.
"If you look at the results it looks as though the consistency will be the main priority in this league because every week you are surprised by the results.”
Manchester United won the title with 80 points in the 2010/11 campaign, with their nearest challengers Chelsea and Manchester City both finishing on a disappointing 71.
The 2013/14 season in contrast saw three teams claim more than 80 points, with City winning the title ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea who scored 84 and 82 points respectively.
It has been a bizarre season thus far, illustrated by Leicester City’s position at the top after 16 games.
Arsenal may not have a better chance to win the title than this season, and Monday’s clash at home to Manchester City could play a big part in the Gunners’ bid to be crowned champions.