The last five ‘big six’ clubs to be in the lower half of the PL at Christmas

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Despite being one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’, Arsenal will find themselves in the lower half of the table on Christmas Day.

The Gunners are currently 15th after 14 league games this season and Mikel Arteta hopes to turn his fortunes around in 2021.

We’ve looked at the last five times the ‘big six’ clubs were in the bottom half on Christmas Day and how the second half of the season fared.

Arsenal 2019-20

This is starting to become a worrying trend for Arsenal.

The Gunners got off to a terrible start in 2019-20 and Unai Emery was fired in November after winning four of his first 13 Premier League games.

Intermin manager Freddie Ljungberg oversaw a win, two draws and two losses before Christmas, leaving the North Londoners in 11th place with 23 points.

Mikel Arteta took over their first game on Boxing Day and led them to eighth place while also winning the FA Cup in his debut season.

Chelsea 2015-16

After winning the Premier League with Chelsea in 2014-15, José Mourinho had his inevitable implosion at the start of the following campaign.

Mourinho was fired in mid-December 2015, and the Blues found themselves 15th in the league on Christmas Day, just three points above relegation places.

Roman Abramovich turned to Guus Hiddink in an attempt to stabilize the ship and the acting manager steered the flank to 10th place.

Chelsea’s unhappy season was compounded when PSG eliminated it from the Champions League and lost 2-0 to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Tottenham 2008-09

Tottenham suffered their worst start to the season with Juande Ramos, scoring just two points in their first eight league games in 2008-09.

Harry Redknapp replaced Ramos in October 2008 and helped turn things around, but the Spurs were still 16th in the table at Christmas.

Their form continued to improve into the new year and they won eight of their last 13 league games en route to eighth place.

Spurs also reached the League Cup final in March 2009, but lost to Manchester United on penalties.

Manchester City 2008-09

Despite signing Robinho after Sheikh Mansour closed a deal to buy the club in September 2008, City’s fortunes didn’t exactly improve overnight.

Mark Hughes’s team won five, drew three and lost 10 of their first 18 Premier League games and were in the last three at Christmas.

City signed Wayne Bridge, Craig Bellamy, Shay Given and Nigel de Jong in the January transfer window before finishing 10th in the league.

They lost to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals before being eliminated by Hamburg.

READ: Where are they now? Man City final 11th before Sheikh Mansour takes office

Tottenham 2007-08

After finishing fifth for two consecutive seasons, infamously just one lasagna away from Champions League qualification, Tottenham scored just seven points from their first 10 league games in 2007-08 and Martin Jol was fired in October 2007.

Juande Ramos was named Jol’s successor, and while their league form began to improve, the Spurs were still 13th at Christmas.

The North Londoners finished the season in 11th place, while Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane scored 15 Premier League goals.

Despite being disappointing in the league, Tottenham’s season was not all gloom as they won the League Cup after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final, their last honor to date.


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