4 Clubs That Can Beat Arsenal in the Second Half of the 2022/2023 EPL
The 2022/2023 English Premier League (EPL) has run half the season. So far, Arsenal are still firmly at the top of the standings after playing 19 matches. They collected 50 points from 16 wins, 2 draws and only 1 defeat
However, the season is still long. The challenge will be even tougher for Arsenal because every team will be more determined to beat them. The following four teams in particular have a good chance of beating Arsenal in the second half of the 2022/2023 EPL
1. Manchester City
Manchester City is the biggest threat to Arsenal in the remainder of the 2022/2023 EPL. The Citizens are currently five points behind Arsenal. However, the two clubs still have to meet twice in the EPL. If both are won by Manchester City, their distance will be shortened.
Manchester City’s opportunity to do so is quite large. Not only a star-studded squad, Manchester City also has a slick record against Arsenal. In the last 13 meetings in all competitions, Manchester City won 12 times and only lost 1 time.
In fact, Arsenal’s last victory over Manchester City in the EPL occurred in December 2015. At that time, Manchester City had not yet been coached by Pep Guardiola. So, Manchester City is very likely to become Arsenal’s scourge again in the second half of the EPL this season
Liverpool is also very likely to make it difficult for Arsenal. The Reds are indeed struggling this season, especially in the EPL. However, they still have a dangerous potential for the Gunners. Moreover, the meeting between the two teams in the second half of the EPL this season will be held at Anfield.
History proves that Arsenal often have difficulty gaining points at Liverpool headquarters. The Gunners have always lost in their last six visits to Anfield in the EPL. Even though the performance of the two clubs this season is like heaven and earth, Liverpool still have a big chance of winning over Arsenal.
3. Newcastle United
Newcastle United has successfully competed in the top flight of the 2022/2023 EPL. Because of that, no one should underestimate The Magpies, including Arsenal. Evidently, the Gunners have failed to win in the last two meetings against Newcastle, unable to even score a goal.
Newcastle will host Arsenal in Week 35 of the EPL this season. It was a crucial period towards the end of the season which must have been full of pressure. That match could end in defeat for Arsenal, just like when they visited Newcastle at the end of last season.
4. Brighton & Hove Albion
A week after the game against Newcastle, Arsenal must host Brighton & Hove Albion in Week 36 of the 2022/2023 EPL. This match has the potential to be difficult for Arsenal. Despite being the host, the Gunners could not relax against Brighton.
The reason is, the last two meetings between the two teams at the Emirates Stadium were won by Brighton. The Seagulls have indeed proven to be a stumbling block for Arsenal. The last ten matches between the two teams were won by Brighton 4 times, while Arsenal won only 3 times.
5. Several other teams also have the potential to beat Arsenal
Apart from the four clubs above, several other clubs can also ruin Arsenal’s dream of winning the 2022/2023 EPL. For example their city rivals, Chelsea. The Blues have been in shambles so far, but they have the chance to bounce back in the second half of the season.
There is also Fulham who is also a neighbor of Arsenal. Fulham had made it difficult for Arsenal in their second meeting in the first half of this season. Crystal Palace is also something to watch out for because they haven’t lost at home to Arsenal since January 2018.
However, Arsenal themselves certainly still have the opportunity to overcome all challenges in the second half of the 2022/2023 EPL. Even if they stumble, it is not impossible that the Gunners’ competitors will also lose points. The EPL title is still very likely to belong to Arsenal in the end.
Arsenal are waiting for tough opponents in the second half of the 2022/2023 EPL. Victory will bring them closer to the title, but defeat can dash their dreams. It will be interesting to wait for the results of Arsenal’s struggles in the EPL this season.