Well smack my arse with a banjo… look at the state of the league table!
I mean honestly, it’s an absolute disgrace! When everyone complained they wanted a more competitive league, I don’t think they meant they wanted a more competitive league outside the top one. I don’ t think they wanted a more competitive league at the detriment of defensive duties. We’re 11 games from the end of the season, we’ve conceded 30 goals and somehow we’ve managed to achieve the joint third best defence in the league. We’ve lost 8 games and we’re still in the mix for 2nd. It’s all totally mental and sadly it’s all pointing towards one thing… a top four finish and vindication for Wenger who will see that as another piece of silverware in the trophy cupboard.
City did Arsenal and Spurs a favour yesterday taking down Chelsea. Poor old Rafa Benitez. He has some of the best names in the league at his disposal and despite his early season smugness, he doesn’t seem capable of turning them into Championship challengers. His days as a top flight manager over here are closing out. Though apparently Madrid want him next year, not quite sure what the appeal is there… but then again, I didn’t see what the appeal was when they snapped up Faubert from West Ham way back when.
Push comes to shove, we’re still in the mix for top four glory.
We’ve got four pretty meaty games in a row. First up, we have Spurs, which is going to be massive. How massive? I’m talking Andrey Arshavin after a 3 week all inclusive holiday to Cuba. It’s difficult to apportion form to this game. Though Wenger has tried to…
“What is important is that we can focus again on football. Confidence is our best friend and lack of confidence is our worst enemy. Both of them are very fragile.”
We’ve had plenty of match ups over the years when Spurs have come to us on a massive downer and put in a blinder of a performance. We could go there and win 5-0 or we could get spanked 4-1. Form is on their side… I don’t really know what’s on our side other than the experience that comes with being Top Four trophy winners for the last 16 years in a row. We should have the experience to take them apart. We have a week to prepare… or to not, as the usual prematch preparation goes. We’ll be rested, they’ll be rested. There are no excuses.
After that we take on Everton at home. Though they’ve fallen out of the race for top four, they’ll still be a massive challenge. Players like Fellaini will be keen to show their value as they’ll be looking for summer moves, not to mention their manager will be charged up with potential suitors around the country looking at his profile and wondering if he could do wondrous things for them.
After that, it’s the Bayern game. Could we turn in a miracle? Of course we could. We nearly did against Milan next year. I won’t get my hopes up though. All I’ll be praying for is an empty injury list when they get back. At worst, it’s a nice trip away for the away fans.
When we get back, it’s Swansea. Carling Cup winners. Team of the year. Manager of the year. This could be a tricky game, but hopefully, with little to play for and the bloated ego that comes with winning a major trophy, they might let up on the gas. Is Laudrup a manager Arsenal should be watching? Absolutely. Even if things go south next year because of the likely exodus at Swansea, he still has all the ingredients to be the next Arsenal manager.
After the Swansea game, things start to look good for us. West Brom, Norwich and Fulham… then United at home. Sadly, that could be the game that haunts us forever. There’s quite a chance that Robin could lift the league title at the Emirates. I know, disgusting eh?
News is at a premium today, so I shan’t go on too much longer. This will be a long week what with the long gap. I’ll probably start previewing the Spurs game tomorrow.
So, is it top 4 for Arsenal? Could the hammers turn in a famous win? Let us know in the comments…