Palmerbet Sports Team takes an in-depth look at Unai Emery’s Arsenal side and whether, with favourable fixtures to come, a top four EPL finish is in sight.

With 15 games left in the season, Unai Emery has (mostly) got the tick of approval from the Emirates Stadium faithful. After year of stagnation with club legend Arsene Wenger, fans now see clear direction and apparent plans. Despite off-field issues with some star players, the general consensus is that Emery can steer the ship. Rome, as we know, wasn’t built in a day, and just like Jurgen Klopp has taken time to mould Liverpool into the squad he wanted, Emery may take a season or two to really hit his straps. But could the Gunners surprise all and squeeze into the top four this season? Currently in fifth, three points behind Chelsea in fourth, the Gunners are $4.40 to finish in the Champions League spots. But as we detail below, they could really cash-in in the coming month.

Six-pointer in the bag

Arsenal’s win over Chelsea on the weekend was a six-pointer in every sense. Had they lost, even Emery conceded their top four bid was over. As it was, they pounced on a lacklustre Chelsea outfit. They began the EPL clash at home as $3 outsiders with Palmerbet, with the more fancied Blues at $2.30. But their pressing game undid Maurizio Sarri’s side, running out 2-0 winners in a big win for the club. The win was also a huge confidence boost. The Gunners had lost four of their previous eight games after a 22-game unbeaten streak that had the Arsenal half of North London buzzing. Perhaps the most pleasing thing is that Arsenal’s performances against top clubs has improved out of sight. This stat says it all:

Top four rivals

After the game, Emery said: “We can be optimistic because we are closer to a lot of teams like Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.” But in Palmerbet’s EPL top four markets there’s still a gulf between the sides. With Liverpool and Man City seemingly locks for positions one and two, that leaves just two spots available for four competing clubs. Spurs ($1.22), Chelsea ($1.50) and the resurgent Man United ($2.40) are all ahead of Arsenal as $4.40 top four hopes. But Arsenal could be in the top four before we know it. How? Their fixtures in the coming months is the most favourable of almost any side in the league.

Time to cash in

Aside from a undeniably tough trip away to the Etihad against Manchester City on February 4, Arsenal’s next month of EPL fixtures makes for nice reading. Emery’s side face Cardiff (18th) at home, which they already begin as $1.25 favourites with Palmerbet. They then face Huddersfield Town (20th) away, then Southampton (15th) and Bournemouth (12th) at home. On paper (yes, we’re well aware that football is played on grass) Emery should be looking at 12 points in the next 15 available. That would almost certainly propel his side into the Champions League spots. Can he do it?