So after two draws in a row for Arsenal, we failed to get that elusive win over Chelsea that would have seen Arsenal come through a tough month of fixtures on top of the Premier League. And what is worse, we even failed to get the point that would have taken us back above Man City after they dropped points away to West Ham.
So instead of top spot we are down in third place because of our worse goal difference and out north London rivals Tottenham are looking horribly close, just two points and one place below us. Arsene Wenger was asked after this latest setback how important it was, both points wise and how it could knock the confidence of the team and although he did not seem concerned about the effect on our morale he did admit that getting no points was a big blow.
As reported by Sky Sports, the pundit and former Gunner Thierry Henry admits that he is a bit worried about the spuds and was clearly disappointed about the result against Chelsea but he was also quick to remind us that none of the title chasing teams has been able to really take advantage of the others’ slip ups.
Henry said, “It’s always the same thing. There’s always big expectation when Arsenal play Chelsea.Can they finally beat them? And again it’s Diego Costa and Chelsea having the last laugh. It’s difficult to point to things after the sending off because it’s always difficult, but they didn’t start the game well enough to be able to get on top.
“Is this defeat going to have a massive impact on the title race? Yes, it is in a way because you still didn’t beat Chelsea but on the other side no-one is really capitalising on mistakes from other teams.
“Tottenham, coming from nowehere, are two points behind Arsenal and nobody has been talking about them winning the title.
“Now, they are well in it. It’s a four team race for the title.”
I really have no idea how this will affect our title hopes but at least the players have showed that they are strong enough to bounce back from a bad result and perform under extreme pressure. But our next Premier League game, at home to the Southampton side that put four past us on Boxing Day, now takes on massive importance and I think we can say that another defeat in that will be a hammer blow to the chances of Arsenal being crowned champions in May.
What do you think Gooners?