8 December, 10th in the league. And by the end of the season…

By Tony Attwood

Between 20 October 2012 and 1 December 2012 Arsenal played eight games of which they won two – an astonishing 5-2 win over Tottenham and a 1-0 win over QPR.

They lost three (to Norwich, Manchester United and Swansea) and drew with Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton.

Ahead of the game on 8 December Arsenal lay 10th in the league,  15 points off Manchester United at the top and five points behind Tottenham H who were in the coveted fourth spot.  Arsenal were one place and two points above Liverpool.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United 15 12 0 3 37 21 16 36
2 Manchester City 15 9 6 0 28 11 17 33
3 Chelsea 15 7 5 3 25 16 9 26
4 Tottenham H 15 8 2 5 28 23 5 26
5 West Bromwich Albion 15 8 2 5 24 19 5 26
6 Everton 15 5 8 2 25 19 6 23
7 Swansea City 15 6 5 4 23 17 6 23
8 West Ham United 15 6 4 5 19 17 2 22
9 Stoke City 15 5 7 3 14 12 2 22
10 Arsenal 15 5 6 4 24 16 8 21
11 Liverpool 15 4 7 4 19 18 1 19

The game on 8 December was against West Bromwich Albion who were surprisingly up in 5th.  Arsenal won 2-0 with both goals coming as penalties from Arteta.  Each time he used exactly the same tactic lobbing the ball gently straight to the middle of the goal as the keeper dived to one side.

At this point, Arsenal then went on a four-match unbeaten run in the first three of which they scored 13 goals.  There were a couple of defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea but all told the rest of the results in the league were won 15, drawn 4, lost 3.

The run was concluded by eight wins and two draws, giving us fourth place and pushing Tottenham out of the Champions League spot they so wanted.  We also ended up third highest scorers in the league with 72 goals.

Which perhaps goes to show that where the club sits in early December is not necessarily where the club will end up at the end of the season.

It is also interesting that just eight years ago the top nine of the Premier League included two clubs that are no longer even in the Premier League.  Times change.

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