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Six reasons why Arsenal will go clear in the Big Four league

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They might be nowhere near the top of the table that matters – the Premier League table – but Arsenal lead Liverpool on goals scored in the Big Four head-to-head standings after both beat Manchester United and Chelsea. Our friends at chickendinner are convinced Arsene Wenger’s side will again ruin a rival’s title prospects and have produced six reasons why this will happen:

1. Liverpool have won just one of their last four Premier League games and that was against struggling Blackburn, They have also been beaten on their last two trips to North London by Tottenham.

2. The league leaders have won just three of their last thirteen away games in the capital.

3. Whereas opponents from the North West have been the thorn in Arsenal’s side in recent years, the Gunners have won five of their six league games against teams from that region this season, including all three at home.

4. Rafael Benitez has never been victorious at the Emirates and his Premier League record away to Arsenal reads: P4 W0 D1 L3. The draw came when both sides had little to play for and fielded weakened teams last season.

5. The last season Arsenal looked out of the title race at this stage of the season was two years ago and on that occasion they won the Big Four league. They did the double over Manchester United, took points from both meetings against Chelsea and comfortably beat Liverpool 3-0 at home.

6. As Sir Alex Ferguson has pointed out, the last time Manchester United went away mid-season for the equivalent of the Club World Cup, the team above them failed to take advantage. On that occasion it was Leeds who led but they squandered their chance to extend the gap at the top by losing 2-1 at home to a Villa side that were in the bottom-half. Will history repeat itself?

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