Can Arsenal regain second place from Chelsea?

While a rather large 10-point gap separates them in Premier League table, Chelsea and Arsenal almost antiquated when it comes to the competition’s all-time leaderboard.

When it comes to total points earned since the old British First Division became the Premier League in 1992, there are only two points apart from the London rivals as we head into the weekend.

Chelsea are second in the all-time Premier League table with 2,097 points accumulated from 1,129 matches, while Arsenal are far behind with 2,095 points from the same number of matches.

Both teams will play at 3pm GMT on Saturday in the week 16 match. At the end of the game we could see Arsenal recapture second place in the all-time table if they beat them. Southampton at Emirates Stadium and Chelsea lost Leeds United at Stamford Bridge. Even a draw with Chelsea would be enough to allow an Arsenal to win over the reigning European champions thanks to their superior overall goal difference (+852 to +831).

This is only the second time since the Premier League began in 1992-93 that Chelsea hold second place in the all-time standings. The first case occurred last month during a 12-week game when Thomas Tuchel .’s team win 3-0 in Leicester City in the early game on Saturday, November 20 before Mikel Arteta’s team crashed an embarrassing 4-0 hit in Liverpool in the last game of the day. That helps Chelsea win 2,093 points, over Arsenal with 2,092 points.

However, the Gunners regained second place the following week after they beat Newcastle United Football Club 2-0 at home on Saturday, lunchtime game on 27 November and Chelsea has 1-1 draw at home by Manchester United the next day – so the tally was back to 2,095-2,094 in favor of Arsenal.

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It didn’t last long, as the 14-week fixture saw Chelsea overtake Arsenal again as the former win 2-1 in Watford at Vicarage Road on December 1 while after that lose 3-2 at Manchester United the next night. Both sides tumbled to beat last time – Chelsea lose 3-2 at home West Ham United on Saturday and Arsenal was pipped 2-1 via Everton on Monday – to ensure the all-time score stays at 2,097 vs 2,095 when we kick into action later this week.

Indeed, the midweek matchup of 16 saw both Chelsea and Arsenal facing a rivalry between the bottom half, with neither Leeds (1 win in 5 league games) or Southampton (0 of 4) having won. exceptionally healthy form before the march to the capital.

Chelsea will likely give up second place again on Saturday, but the fact of the matter is they have been basking in the Gunners for a long time.

The Blues have continuously closed the gap since Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2003 and began spending big money on transfers to improve the squad. At the time, Arsenal had a total of 773 points in the Premier League (and two league titles) compared to Chelsea’s 665.

However, since the Russian billionaire arrived, the Blues have won 1,432 points (and 5 championships) compared to 1,322 for the Gunners (with just 1 more title, 2003-04 season). Indeed, since Arsene Wenger left the Emirates at the end of the 2017-18 season, the Gunners have amassed 210 Premier League points, while Chelsea racked up 238 in the same span.

Thanks to their greater success since the turn of the century, Chelsea now average slightly more points per season than Arsenal – 69.90 to 69.83 – which is a sign that the Gunners could soon be seen Their enduring second place on the all-time leaderboard slipped out of their hands.

Who tops the all-time leaderboard?

In case you need it to show who stands above Chelsea and Arsenal at the top of the all-time Premier League table, the runaway leaders – of course – are Manchester United.

Thanks to a period of sustained dominance that began with its first Premier League title in 1992-93 and lasted through Sir Alex Ferguson’s illustrious 13-title tenure, United are 235 points ahead of their rivals. their closest opponent. The Reds have amassed 2,332 points from 1,129 games, winning 87 more games than any other team in Premier League history.

Liverpool on the rise

Chelsea are not the only team close to Arsenal, with Liverpool’s modern resurgence under Jurgen Klopp seeing them quickly secure a spot above the Gunners. The Red Devils are currently in 4th place in the Premier League table with 2,051 points after 1,129 matches, 44 points behind Arsenal.

This gap has narrowed significantly during the past 4 seasons (2018-19 to 2021-22). During that period, Liverpool won a title (for the first time in 30 years) and collected a total of 299 points while Arsenal finished 5th, 8th and 8th in that time and collected only 210 points.

Manchester City recently rose to sixth place in the all-time Premier League standings, overtaking rivals Everton on the final day of the 2020-21 season by 27 points ahead of the Toffees in the table and thus over they a point in the all time leaderboard. This comes despite the fact that Everton have featured in all of their top 30 seasons since 1992-93 and City have missed out on five top-flight campaigns due to a number of relegations in the 1990s – they even missed out. Each finished third in English football for the 1998-99 season.

However, the takeover of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour in 2008 has seen the club rise to the top of the table, winning five Premier League titles since their first in 2011-12. and become one of the most dominant forces in the league. Can Arsenal regain second place from Chelsea?

Jake Nichol

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