Obviously Arsenal fans are hoping that Arsene Wenger and the players’ main concern in the latter stages of the Premier League season will be getting to the top of the table and staying there, but if the Gunners are not to win the title this year then the least we want is to finish in the top three.
Fourth place would get us into the Champions League for next season but it would mean two extra play-off games that Arsenal could do without and there is always the possibility of not getting through. Which is why I found myself in the very strange position of wanting Chelsea to score yesterday and then the even stranger sensation of cheering when the arch villain Diego Costa grabbed a late equaliser.
It denied Manchester United a win and stopped the gathering momentum they had been building in recent weeks. The Gunners do not want a rejuvenated and in form United side chasing us down, that’s for sure, and we do not want then finding top gear just as we are set to go to Old Trafford in the league.
Costa has caused Arsenal plenty of grief during his short time in England, but after his late goal yesterday kept United seven points behind us, has the Chelsea striker just done us a big favour?