Arsenal will head into their remaining fixtures believing they can snatch a top four place in the Premier League, if the season returns, of course.

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal embraces his coaching staff following his sides victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal embraces his coaching staff following his sides victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Gunners are eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand and could force themselves into the mix if they embark on a winning run over their last 10 matches.

With an FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United also to be rescheduled, Arsenal fans still have plenty to look forward to during the rest of the campaign.

Read on as we look at Arsenal’s run-in and assess some of the issues they will need to address once the season has been completed.

Outstanding games offer a degree of hope

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal talk following their sides victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal talk following their sides victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

With 30 points still up for grabs it is certainly still possible for Arsenal to force their way into a Champions League spot.

However, qualification for the Europa League is probably a more realistic aim given that the Gunners still have to face Manchester City (A), Tottenham Hotspur (A) and Liverpool (H).

Home games against Watford, Norwich City and Leicester City are all winnable, but the team’s form on the road may prove to be their downfall.

Arsenal are actually unbeaten in their last seven away league matches, but have won just once at West Ham United during that run.

Away fixtures at Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa could all be tricky, particularly with each of those teams still having something to play for.

‘Behind closed doors’ complicates matters

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 01: Players of FC Barcelona celebrate after Lionel Messi scored their team's second goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Las Palmas at Camp Nou on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The match is being played with empty stands after the events occured in Catalonia during the voting of a Catalonia independence referendum declared illegal and undemocratic by the Spanish government. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 01: Players of FC Barcelona celebrate after Lionel Messi scored their team’s second goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Las Palmas at Camp Nou on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The match is being played with empty stands after the events occured in Catalonia during the voting of a Catalonia independence referendum declared illegal and undemocratic by the Spanish government. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s bid to finish the season on a high note may be complicated by the fact that the remaining games are likely to be played behind closed doors.

Next season may also be impacted, increasing the likelihood that this website will be inundated with ticket requests for matches that could be played with capacities greatly reduced.

Playing the rest of this season without fans in attendance is obviously not ideal, but is probably the fairest solution given the current set of circumstances.

However, for the clubs who are used to being roared on by a big home crowd, it means they will lose that advantage for the rest of their home games.

While Arsenal may benefit from playing City and Spurs without their fans behind them, it is fair to say that the behind closed doors scenario is a factor that could make the run-in much tougher.

Important summer ahead for Arsenal

Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta arrives for the UEFA Europa league round of 32 second leg football match between Arsenal and Olympiakos at the Emirates stadium in London on February 27, 2020.
Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta arrives for the UEFA Europa league round of 32 second leg football match between Arsenal and Olympiakos at the Emirates stadium in London on February 27, 2020. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Most Arsenal fans would agree that manager Mikel Arteta will need more than the next transfer window to get things right at the Emirates Stadium.

The current squad contains plenty of players who have failed to produce the goods on a regular basis and need to be moved on.

Arteta’s ability to reshape the squad will undoubtedly be reliant on just how many of those underachievers he manages to ditch this summer.

Resolving Arsenal’s ‘soft centre’ will be crucial to their hopes of success next term, meaning improvements to the spine of the team need to happen sooner rather than later.

Grabbing a European place – whether that is in the Champions League or Europa League – would be a big boost, helping Arteta attract better players for next season.

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