How last season’s Premier League standings would have looked using Emirates Cup rules

31 Jul

Arsenal won the 2017 Emirates Cup thanks to an innovative – some might say, plain wrong – set of rules.

Despite the Gunners losing to Sevilla, who won all of their matches in the tournament, Arsene Wenger’s side won the trophy because they had scored more goals.

Participating teams were awarded the usual three points for a win, one for a draw, but additionally received a point for every goal scored.

Arsenal thrashed Benfica 5-2 on Saturday, while Sevilla downed Leipzig 1-0, before the Spanish side saw off the Gunners 2-1 on Sunday.

All of which gave Arsenal and Sevilla nine points, with the London club picking up the trophy having scored three goals more.

Cue mild embarrassment when Arsenal had to collect the cup having just lost to Sevilla.

But it got us thinking: what would the 2016-17 Premier League table have looked like if these rules had applied? Take a look at the standings, as we count down to the number one club, in the slideshow above.

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