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How good are Arsenal? Chelsea now seem almost certain to win the Premiership title. Arsène Wenger claims that Arsenal’s record would be good enough to win the championship “most seasons,” and it’s just that Chelsea have played exceptionally well. Is he correct? Since 1981-82, when football adopted the system of three points for a win, Arsenal’s current points per game (extrapolated forward to the end of the season) would indeed have won them the league on 18 out of 23 occasions. But since 1995-96, when the number of games per season was reduced from 42 to 38, the figures tell…

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