Arsenal – State of the season
John Marshall
71 days ago
The 2019/20 Premier League season may be on hold for the time being but that has not stopped us from analysing the club's season to date.

Where they stand

When the Premier League campaign went into lockdown earlier this month, Arsenal were left sitting ninth in the standings, leaving them five points off Manchester United in fifth and a further three behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

The delay in the campaign came at the wrong time for the Gunners as they were hitting some fantastic form before the coronavirus pandemic, having lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions.

Arsenal are still very much in contention for a European finish but with just 10 games of the campaign remaining, and several teams ahead of them, they need a near-perfect end to qualify for the Champions League.

What's left to play for?

After the shock Europa League last-32 exit at the hands of Olympiacos, Arsenal's only chance of silverware this term is the FA Cup, a trophy they have lifted a record 13 times, and they can be found at 9/1 to win the competition.

Mikel Arteta's men have been drawn away at Chris Wilder's Sheffield United in the quarter-final stage of the tournament and it will be no easy task for the visitors to progress, with the Blades enjoying a terrific campaign.

Arsenal also have the incentive of a European finish to play for and, if Manchester City fail in their appeal against a two-year European ban, fifth position will be good enough for a Champions League position.

Best Game

There are few games where Arsenal have truly entertained and dominated this season, but scouring through the league results, the 2-0 victory at home to Manchester United on New Year's Day jumps out.

This was Arteta's first league victory since taking over from the sacked Unai Emery and the Gunners produced a solid display, in both defence and attack, to defeat their rivals.

Star Man

It has been a mixed season for Arsenal but Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has once again proven he is the main man for the Gunners, who would be in deep trouble without his goals.

The 30-year-old, who shared the Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah last season, has netted 17 times in the Premier League this term and is just two behind Leicester City's Jamie Vardy in the division's scoring charts.

Aubameyang's future at the Emirates remains uncertain, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2021, and there are reports linking Spanish giants Real Madrid with a summer move.