This weeks game at the Etihad was always expected to be extremely crucial, but not so long it ago it was supposed to be a title decider between Arsenal and Man City. Pelligrini’s side lost to Southampton last week, probably because their minds were on last night Champions League decider against Real Madrid with a place in the Final of Europe’s greatest competition at stake.
Arsenal face relegation-threatened Norwich City at the Emirates tomorrow as we continue our fight to remain in the Champions League places. The Canaries are fighting for their lives so it will certainly not be easy, but, on the bright side, Arsene Wenger will have a full squad available for selection for the first time this season, except Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain who is not quite match fit.
We travel to the Stadium of Light tomorrow to take on Sunderland, in what could be a huge game for both sides.
The Black Cats are scrapping for their Premier League life at present, with two of Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland expected to drop down into the Championship. There is only two points separating the trio, although our weekend’s opponents have played a game less.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is upbeat about his side’s chances this weekend, citing confidence from their win last week.
The Black Cats are currently sat in the relegation zone, but gave themselves a huge boost by beating Norwich City last week, leaving them only one point into the drop zone.
Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates tonight, in what has swiftly become a must-win game. Manchester United closed the gap between themselves and us to only one point last night, and a failure to secure all three points tonight would put serious doubt on our chances to finish within the Champions League places.
Crystal Palace make the trip across London tomorrow to take on Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow, and on paper we look an easy bet to win.
The Eagles sit two places above the relegation zone currently, albeit with an 11 point advantage on Sunderland in 18th position, and have not been dragged into the dog-fight for survival as of yet.
Here is our usual View From The Enemy feature, and this week we have an interview with the West Ham manager Slaven Bilic conducted by the official West Ham website. He sounds very calm and articulate and gives measured answers to his questioners. He certainly doesn’t need to shout at his players and his brilliant record this season speaks for itself. So let’s listen to what he has to say about the Arsenal game……
Arsenal are now just 24 hours from the game that could make or break their season. A win at Upton Park will surely give the Gunners the confidence and impetus to carry on winning against less daunting opponents, but a defeat could knock the stuffing out of our whole season.