Ah the festival season is well and truly upon us as the midweek league fixtures arrive in full force today.
In the 1997/98 season, Arsenal sat fifth with Manchester United four points clear for the title in February of that
Headed goals separated by 90 seconds by Oliver Giroud and Laurent Koscielny and another late save from Petr Cech secured
After the last few weeks we’ve had as a team, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s not looking at
Blunt and impotent. No, these are not words to discuss the Champion’s League loss to Monaco, even though they fit
It is without a doubt a return to the scene of one of Arsenal’s most disparaging losses in recent memory. The 3-0 loss to Everton in April 2014, was the final nail in the coffin to Arsenal’s faint title hopes last season. Then, it was Roberto Martinez’s tactical thinking that masterminded a strategy that had Arsenal looking punch drunk and witless for most of the 90 minute affair.
It did feel like the end of an era, like it was coming to an end.
It’s a traditional 6-pointer. Arsenal win and they’ve at least locked up top 4 for another season. Lose to Everton and well, the Toffees with a game in hand might be favorites to nip the Gunners to the cash cow that is Champion’s League football.
That’s right, Saturday saw our nearest competitor Chelsea lose to Stoke. Let me type that again so you know that I didn’t misstate it – Chelsea LOST to Stoke. That means if our Arsenal can turn over tomorrow’s visitors we will have opened up a 7 point gap at the top of the table. The implications of that are huge. It basically makes the matches to City and Chelsea no longer MUST wins. Before you go further – no I am not saying we can take the foot off the gas but winning against Everton and being 7 points above anyone feasibly means we could have a woeful two weeks in the Premier League and still be top of the table.