Considering that Arsenal had to play two Premier League games in three days, a return of 4 points from them is not such a bad thing, especially after being 3-0 down after 70 minutes against Bournemouth. As Arsene Wenger admitted, it was no big surprise that the Gunners were tired at the start of the game, and hardly had enough time to recover from their knocks and exertions against Palace.
In those circumstances, a draw was actually a fine point gained. As Petr Cech said afterwards: “It’s a great reaction from the team. We were 3-0 down but we found a way to play our game, open them up and score goals. We were decisive in the final third and we showed great character to come back. There’s a big but, though, because the first 60 minutes was very disappointing from ourselves and it isn’t the win we wanted.”
It may not have been perfect but 4 points is 4 points. We may have dropped down to 5th in the table, we are actually closer to Chelsea at the top of the League than we were before those two games. Chelsea lost, Man City lost, Liverpool drew with Sunderland. We started the year 9 points behind Chelsea and 4 points behind Liverpool, now that is 8 and 3, and both sides have shown that they are not invulnerable, while Arsenal have proved that they never give up when they are in an impossible position.
So why is everyone acting like we have dropped out of the race for the title?