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.