Following Brentford’s home win by 2-1 against Manchester City this afternoon, Arsenal will be spending Christmas Day at the top of the Premier League standings.
The last time the Bees were at the Etihad the champions that had won the previous 11 home league matches and had not lost any Premier League match in front of their own fans since February, got the chance to temporarily take over Mikel Arteta’s side. Brentford defeated Man City for the first occasion since 1937, thanks to a brace by Ivan Toney, including the winning goal during the final minute of the match.
Following this weekend, Premier League play won’t start until the 26th of December, which leaves Arsenal with two points in front over Man City in the final game week prior to it goes into the World Cup break. In other words, no matter what happens to Wolverhampton Wanderers later on Saturday Saturday, the Gunners will be first on the list by Christmas Day. If they can win the match, they will be five points clear of their nearest opponents. Even though Arsenal hasn’t been in the lead of in the Premier League at Christmas since the 2007-08 season, they’ve demonstrated this year that they are top-of-the-line by dropping only five points of the 39 possible points.
The North Londoners have been in the top position at Christmas over the past five seasons that go from 1947-48, however, they’ve never gone into winning the title in any of the seasons.