Arsenal were always going to be under pressure with an away game at the reigning Premier League champions Man City and that pressure was already ramped up by our not so great first half of the season as well as our recent run of results against the big teams in the league.
So the last thing Arsene Wenger and the Gunners needed was any more pressure piled on to our shoulders, but that is exactly what we have got today. Southampton have yet to play and we can only hope that they lose or at the very least do not win away to Newcastle.
All of our other big rivals for a top four finish won today, with Man United struggling but coming away with a 2-0 win at QPR, Liverpool easing to a 2-0 win away to Aston Villa. Worst of all for those of us of the Arsenal persuasion, was the fact that our north London rivals Tottenham snatched a late winner at Sunderland with just minutes left on the clock.
That puts Man United four points ahead of so we cannot catch them even if we beat Man City tomorrow. The spuds win means they have gone above Arsenal in the table, although a point tomorrow will put us back above them on goal difference, while Liverpool have crept up on us and are just a single point adrift.
So the pressure is on, although Man City have their own problems as Chelsea opened up a five point gap at the top after thumping Swansea, so who will cope better with the pressure and come out on top tomorrow?