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Arsenal handed Premier League points deduction boost over Liverpool as table reshuffles

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Arsenal are in the thick of a Premier League title race and the table has been reshuffled after an Everton points deduction appeal.

Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title have just got a bit more interesting. They’re set to face both Manchester City and Liverpool this March, creating nail-biting matches for fans.

But on top of this, the recent decision by the Premier League to change points deductions could also come into play.

Last year, Everton were docked ten points for breaking Profit and Sustainability Rules. The club wasn’t happy, so they tried to get the decision overturned and everybody was waiting to see what would happen.

On Monday, an independent appeal board announced that Everton wouldn’t lose as many points after all. Instead of ten, it will be six.

The Premier League said: “Everton FC appealed the sanction imposed against it on nine grounds, each of which related to the sanction rather than the fact of the breach, which the club admitted.”, reports football.london.

They went on to explain: “Two of those nine grounds were upheld by the Appeal Board, which has substituted the original points deduction of 10 for six. This revised sanction has immediate effect and the Premier League table will be updated today to reflect this.”

The latest results have seen Nottingham Forest slip to 17th in the league, with Everton climbing above them and Brentford to take the 15th spot. This shift in the table could be a game-changer for Arsenal.

Previously, Forest had the safety net of Everton being below them in the rankings. But now, with Sean Dyche’s team leapfrogging them, Forest will be even more determined to secure every point they can.

Next up for Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad is a match against Liverpool. Arsenal just managed to scrape a win at the City Ground, despite a late goal from former Red Taiwo Awoniyi.

Last season, Manchester City lost two points at Forest, while Arsenal’s title hopes were dashed by a 1-0 defeat to Steve Cooper’s team. The City Ground is not an easy place to secure a win, and with Everton’s recent success, Arsenal will be hoping this spurs on Forest to take points from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool are set to face City next, while Arsenal have games against Sheffield United and Brentford. If things go their way, these matches could see Arsenal return to the top of the league for the first time this year.

 

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