This Premier League season is different, and so is this Arsenal team. The Gunners have gone from naivety to maturity. They have transcended from effervescence to efficiency.
Mike Arteta’s team has successfully combined aesthetics and pragmatism. The desired results are coming, and just like in 2004 when they last won the title, consistently too.
But can they go all the way? They next face a resurgent Manchester United team.
Their neighbours, Tottenham, and manager, Antonio Conte, seem like an odd fit for each other. Before the game against Manchester City, Spurs had played six matches against the rest of the big seven teams and lost all but one. Yesterday, they relinquished two first-half goals to lose 4-2.
Yet it is not just them. Liverpool are sinking deeper, unsure of their convictions, derailing from what used to make them great. Chelsea are trying to build, but Graham Potter has to start from the foundation. He does not seem to have the time he requires.
Now, this pair faces off this weekend in a game that could have dire implications. And so, there is plenty to enjoy in a gameweek filled with excellent fixtures.
Review Of Gameweek 20
The previous gameweek had it all: controversy, drama, and late goals.
Unai Emery continues to impress his style on this Aston Villa team as they overcame Leeds United 2-1.
The Manchester derby ended with Manchester United running out 2-1 winners. Yet, Bruno Fernandes’ equaliser sparked controversy following Marcus Rashford’s contribution.
Wolves scraped a narrow win against West Ham thanks to a Daniel Podence first-half goal.
Nottingham Forest continued their exciting start to the year with a convincing 2-0 win against a troubled Leicester City.
Brighton made very easy work of Liverpool, defeating the Reds 3-0 courtesy of a brace from Solly March.
Southampton came from behind to beat Everton, with James Ward-Prowse scoring a brace.
Brentford earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, as a Kai Havertz header was enough to hand Chelsea a win against Crystal Palace.
Alexander Isak scored a crucial late goal to help Newcastle defeat Fulham.
Arsenal overpowered their neighbours, Tottenham, thanks to a perfect first half led by Martin Odegaard.
Preview Of Gameweek 21
This is set to be an action-packed weekend of high-quality football.
Two struggling sides, Liverpool and Chelsea, will go head-to-head at Anfield. The Blues might yet count on some of their winter signings to make a difference.
Leicester City face high-flying Brighton immediately after, as Southampton tackle Aston Villa.
West Ham and Everton face off, with both teams hoping to survive this Premier League season.
Bournemouth host a reinvigorated Nottingham Forest team, while Crystal Palace take on Newcastle.
Manchester City will be desperate to close the gap at the top, at least momentarily, when they welcome Wolves to the Etihad.
Leeds United will entertain Brentford, who are high on confidence.
The biggest clash of this gameweek will see leaders Arsenal crank things up against Manchester United, who are now nursing title hopes.
Fulham and Tottenham will round off the weekend’s action on Monday night.
Preview Of Gameweek 21
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Liverpool vs Chelsea (over 2.5 goals)
Leicester City vs Brighton (2)
Southampton vs Aston Villa (over 1.5 goals)
West Ham vs Everton (under 3.5 goals)
Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest (X2)
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle (2)
Manchester City vs Wolves (1)
Leeds United vs Brentford (over 1.5 goals)
Arsenal vs Manchester United (goal/goal)
Fulham vs Tottenham (over 2.5 goals)