75 points is the magic number that Arsenal need to reach to secure top four.
When I said that 2 weeks ago, a few people felt it was a little light – ignoring the fact that only once in Premier League history had a side got above 75 points and finished outside the top 4.
They also ignored that Manchester United and Chelsea are not the Manchester United and Chelsea of old.
Since that 75 point prediction, only Arsenal and Manchester United have taken full points.
To have a chance of 75 points Arsenal had to win their 3 remaining home games. Last night we chalked off one of those wins by bagging 3 points against Newcastle.
The win moved Arsenal into 3rd place, 2 points ahead of Tottenham and Manchester United in 4th and 5th respectively.
With both sides and Chelsea set to play mid-week, Arsenal’s stay in the top 4 could last less than 48 hours. It is why we have to be careful of being too boastful on Twitter.
Arsenal now face two tough away trips to Everton and Watford, before returning to North London against Crystal Palace. You feel we have to win at least one of those two away games to keep us in the race.
The only frustrating thing about last night was not scoring more. It is so tight for top 4 that goal difference could be key. Those two disallowed goals could be crucial.
As it stands Arsenal lead the way on that, 2 ahead of Tottenham and 7 ahead of Manchester United.
If Wolves or Crystal Palace do us a favour midweek and take points against either Man U or Tottenham, it would leave Arsenal in the box seat for those Champions League places prior to the Everton game.
There will be plenty of twists and turns between now and the end of the season. How the top 6 sits this morning will not be how it sits after the 38th game.
Up The Arsenal.