For Arsenal, the difficult thing starts today, tradition says that they cannot be champions of England (Photo)

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Arsenal lead the Premier League by five points over reigning champions Manchester City, but have a very unpleasant tradition of being top of the table at Christmas.

And now it is like that before tomorrow’s performance on “Boxing Day” and the Gunners are the first with 37 points, but in such a situation in the past they did not successfully complete the mission of being the champion of England even five times.

In the 1951-52 season, they were the leaders for the pre-New Year holidays, and finished third behind Manchester United and Tottenham.

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In 1986-87 and 1989-90 they went even worse and ended up in fourth place, and the closest they came to the title was in 2002-03 when they were first before the New Year, but they were overtaken by Manchester United, so Arsenal were runners-up.

They last squandered the pre-New Year lead in 2007-08 and finished bottom of the league behind Manchester Red Devils and city rivals Chelsea.

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