How the PL table would look if it began when Arsenal hired Arteta
Mikel Arteta has now been in charge of Arsenal for over two years – so how well has the young manager done since replacing Unai Emery?
Arsenal has enjoyed success in cup competitions, beating Chelsea 2-1 in the 2020 FA Cup final before winning the Community Shield a few months later.
But his side struggled for consistency in the Premier League, falling out of the top six and finishing two consecutive seasons in eighth place.
After a difficult start to the current season, Arteta has managed to turn things around and has earned plenty of plaudits for his work at the Emirates.
“They have a clear structure, clear idea, properly tuned, possession-based, young, full of talent and joy,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said recently.
“If you go through the line-up there’s an experienced striker and then three very exciting young boys and then a bit more experience in the double six and then a pretty inexperienced backline and a young goalkeeper, and that’s not with [Emile] Smith Rowe even in, and then on top of the other guys, it’s interesting.
“Other teams will not like it because it’s another big name back on track but that’s how it looks. There are similarities [to us], you can say it like this, they’re a massive club and qualification for European football in the last few years is not exactly how they wanted it.
“If they get Champions League this year, it will feel as good [as it did] for us the first time. A step in the right direction, an exciting team.
“Arsenal fans, maybe since I was in England it was not always easy for them to enjoy. But they seem to be now and that’s exactly how it should be.”
We’ve taken a look at how the Premier League table would look if it began when Arteta first took charge of Arsenal, against Bournemouth on Boxing Day in 2019. Note: all teams have played 87 league games unless it’s stated otherwise.
1. Man City – 199 points
2. Liverpool – 185 points
3. Man Utd – 165 points
4. Chelsea – 160 points (86 games played)
5. Arsenal – 148 points (86 games played)
6. Tottenham – 146 points
7. West Ham – 133 points (88 games played)
8. Leicester – 125 points (85 games played)
9. Wolves – 123 points (88 games played)
10. Everton – 114 points (85 games played)
11. Southampton – 112 points
12. Aston Villa – 111 points
13. Crystal Palace – 98 points
14. Brighton – 95 points (GD -26)
15. Newcastle – 95 points (GD -47)
16. Burnley – 90 points (85 games played)