Here are a couple of facts for you: the table is much tighter than you think and Arsenal have performed considerably better against top teams than the season previous.
One of the things we often hear is that “the team at the top of the table on X date (Christmas) usually wins the League. That was Liverpool this year, though Arsenal quickly took that position back on Boxing Day. You already know this but using a Cann table we can see visually how much tighter the table is this year over last.
The reason why Liverpool were top of the table at Christmas is because of a rather beneficial schedule. Now that they have played two more of the top 6 clubs they have fallen back down to where they probably belong. Using statto.com we can compare clubs head-to-head and generate this table for the top six clubs so far this season:
And here’s what the same table looked like last season:
With the table as tight as it is, these results against the other top 6 teams are going to matter more.