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Friday, May 10, 2013

Are the Gods favouring Arsenal?

By 1970’s Gooner

The result that would have suited Arsenal most in the Chelsea Vs Spurs game was a Chelsea victory. This would have almost killed Spurs off and handed Arsenal fourth spot needing only to qualify for the CL group stages by winning in the qualifying round.

The draw however means that all three teams are in the running for the last two CL places albeit with Chelsea and Arsenal only needing to win both their remaining games. It’s out of Spurs’ hands now.

The positive is that there are only a few points separating these three sides which means that Arsenal can potentially finish third, if Chelsea slip up. This would mean that Arsenal will qualify straight to the group stages of the CL.

However looking at the form of the three sides the omens are not that good for Arsenal I have to say. 

Ever since Giroud has been out of the team the performances have not been good. 

 His absence has unbalanced the team with Podolski unable to hold the ball up or bring players into the game. He also does not provide a presence or goal threat as Giroud does. Its just as well that Walcott has found his goal scoring touch otherwise things would have been desperate.

Yet it seems the gods are working in our favour.

Man Utd under normal circumstances and if the League title was at stake would have picked us off at the Emirates. They nearly did, missing a few chances at the end.

Then came the QPR game. A game where QPR were already relegated and down and out. Yet we managed to put in a poor performance winning by a goal scored by the only player in form, Theo Walcott and needing a wonder save form the keeper to keep us in the game.

The Wigan game is potentially a difficult one but Wigan are ravaged by injuries and have to play in the Cup Final three days before they visit the Emirates. In addition the Arsenal players will have a 10 day rest before they play on Tuesday.

And for the final game of the season we have Newcastle away. A potential banana skin. Yet their game before they play us is against indifferent QPR. Let’s hope that Newcastle win that game otherwise we will need to recover our top form to get the three points.

At least Giroud will be back then.


Anonymous said...

The gods may have favoured the gunners but they will have to finish the job. Failure to do would be evidence that when the going gets tough,Wenger aint the man for the job.
If Wenger wants to prove he is still the manager to drive the gunners upwards,there is no option but to win the final two games.

Anonymous said...

Arsene Wenger does not wear a number.This team is not a champion, but wholly deserves its current standing. No doubt the silverware tide is at an ebb, but year after year, we are competitive with the best while paying down the only stadium of its size (anywhere ?) without a dollop of public cash. New Puma deal, premier league tv rights, stadium debt on the wane, new shirt/emirates deal in not far future, new state of art academy, more than a couple of England's best young players, finally a war kitty for the transfer window. Time for some more salad days for Sir Wenger.

Anonymous said...

Both Chelsea and spurs have tricky away games at Villa and Stoke before we play Wigan and there is a fair chance one of them will drop points. Wigans focus this week has been on the FA cup final and win or lose they will find it difficult to be up for the visit to the Emirates Tues might. Quite confident we will secure top four position

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