Arsenal hoping to break Christmas title curse and change history as they sit top of the Premier League table

    Arsenal were top of the Premier League at Christmas after their start to the campaign but that could bring bad omens.

    It is often the case that the club that sits on top of the table on Christmas Day usually goes on to win the title that season but that hasn’t been the case for the Gunners.

    Arsenal have made a bright start to the season

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    Arsenal have made a bright start to the season

    The north Londoners had a fine start to the season and are currently five points clear of Manchester City, the reigning champions and favourites for the title.

    Mikel Arteta’s team have rarely had blips and look like genuine title contenders, which allowed them to go into the World Cup break and, subsequently, Christmas, as league leaders.

    However, on each of the last five occasions Arsenal have been on top of the league at Christmas Day, they have not won the title.

    The last occasion was on Christmas 2007 with the title eventually going to Old Trafford as Manchester United won the league, with Arsenal ending third.

    It was similar five years before that when Arsene Wenger’s side were on top of the table but Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils pipped them to the championship.

    Thirteen years before that in 1989/90 Arsenal were top of the old First Division but ended up finishing fourth that season as Liverpool were crowned champions.

    And in 1986/87 Arsenal went from first at Christmas to fourth on the final day, with Everton winning the league this time around.

    Arteta will be hoping to get one over his old mentor Guardiola

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    Arteta will be hoping to get one over his old mentor Guardiola

    The first time it happened was in 1951 as Arsenal went from first to third, behind champions Manchester United and north London rivals Tottenham.

    The Gunners will be hoping to buck that trend in 2022 and maintain their title charge all the way until the end, but they know it will not be easy with a wonderful Manchester City side ready to challenge them the whole way.

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