After finishing the job against CSKA Moscow last night to book their place in a Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid (and one step closer to booking a place in the Champions League for next season), Arsenal must - at least briefly - turn their attention back to the small matter of the Premier League.

As the season has played out, Arsenal dropped points in games that, at least on paper were inherently winnable, and now find themselves in a poor position, despite winning the past 3 games in the competition. Scoring 3 goals against Watford, Stoke and most recently Southampton is impressive, but those games were preceded by harrowing losses to Tottenham, Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

This has been the issue - not just this season, but in past seasons - the good work of winning runs is negated by less than inspiring performances when they're needed most.

Below is a breakdown of the remainder of the season. It covers Arsenal's remaining Premier League fixtures - which no undoubtedly take a back seat behind the Europa League at this stage - where they stand, where they could stand, and how much it would be worth to them.

Current Standing:

Arsenal 32 Games Played, 6th Place, 54 Points

Fixtures Remaining:

Newcastle vs Arsenal, 15/4
Arsenal vs West Ham, 22/4
Man United vs Arsenal, 29/4
Arsenal vs Burnley, 5/5
Leicester City vs Arsenal, 9/5
Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal, 13/5

Point breakdown:

18 points left to play for (maximum point tally = 72 points)
30 points behind Man City in first at the moment
Liverpool (5 games remaining) + Tottenham, 3rd+4th, 67 Points
Chelsea in 5th place, 57 points
Burnley in 7th position on 49 points

2016/17 Position Winnings:

5th Place £30.4m
6th Place £28.5m
7th Place £26.6m
(Around 30m in terms of TV money and 80m+ for featuring in the Premier League)

Last Season:

Last season, Arsenal (75 points) finished 5th place, above Man United (69 points) - who qualified for the Champions League by winning the Europa League - in 6th Place and below Liverpool (76 Points) in 4th place


Seeing the difference in points between 4th place and the Gunners is undoubtedly disheartening for supporters and surely for players as well. In the same vane as Manchester United last season, league position will not matter (at least in terms of Champions League qualification) if the Europa League can be won, but let’s disregard this for the moment and focus on the Premier League.

With Chelsea in free-fall and just 3 points ahead, it is very possible that 5th place could be grasped. Anything above that is incredibly improbable - with 6 games remaining, the maximum amount of points Arsene Wenger's side can finish the season with is 72 points - 3 points than last year’s total - and to finish in the top 4, this would require both Tottenham and Liverpool to pick up less than 5 points over the course of their remaining fixtures. Beyond unlikely.

On the other side, if Arsenal were to take the foot off the pedal of their recent stellar results, then they could easily fall into a battle to remain in the top 6. The nearest competitor comes in the unlikely form of Burnley - who have had a somewhat low-key fantastic season. Currently on 49 points and with a game to play against Arsenal, Sean Dyche's team will certainly have an eye on finishing the season with the best possible flourish.

That game with Burnley at the Emirates on the 5th of May is undoubtedly the most important game for the remainder of the season in terms of league position, but the game before it is the one that will perhaps garner the most interest.

Arsenal travel to Manchester United in the 4th last game of the season, and while there won't be as much on the line as there has been on occasion in the past, it is a game for football purists to saviour. The Gunners will be looking to emulate Jose Mourinho's sides' exploits in Europe last season and claim the Europa League, but it is also a game that could decide how Arsenal ends their season.

Previous to the two mentioned fixtures is Sunday's trip to St. James’s park to come up against an in-form Newcastle United, with Rafa Benitez's side all but securing their position in the League for next season with an impressive win against Leicester City last weekend.

Following that game, Arsenal hosts a West Ham United side that appear to be in disarray. They will want to build upon the draw from earlier in the season, and claim 6 points with wins against both Newcastle and West Ham.

There is additional prize money awarded for every position higher a team finishes, so for that reason alone it is imperative that Arsenal deliver some decent performances in the final games of the season. If the Europa League doesn't play out, there is a possibility these last fixtures represent Wenger's last league games in charge of the club he has helmed for over 20 years, adding significance to them.

With this being the case, it would be good - and surely worthwhile - if younger players could be given an opportunity to play a part, as Wenger has opted to do on so many occasions this season. This means to put full faith in the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles (who has become somewhat of a staple in the side this season), but also the likes of Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock. Why not? There obviously players of substantial pedigree to be as close to the squad as they have been throughout the season, so allow them some time starting at the highest level, like Nelson got against Southampton last weekend.

Also; considering he is cup-tied, the league games will be the last fixtures that supporters will get to see the so-far excellent Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in action at club level. It's also an opportunity for some potentially fringe international players to stake their claims for a place in their team’s world cup team - including the likes of Danny Welbeck and England.