The Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker has been left out of the last few games in favour of Gabriel, despite the Brazilian arguably being responsible for a few goals over the previous two matches, and it seems that the BFG has not been impressed with the team’s attitude in our two derby draws.
Have Arsenal fans given up? by DN
Arsenal’s hopes of even making the Top Three are now going down the plug-hole at an alarming rate. Two local derby draws have destroyed our chances of catching Leicester (or Tottenham by the looks of things) and we now have to fight Man City for the automatic Champions League spot.
Yet again Arsenal have turned a must-win game into a not-won game. We had all the possession but as usual the goals simply don’t arrive as we are too busy passing the ball around outside the area. And then, like it was inevitable, we concede a goal on the break.
By the time Arsenal kick-off against Crystal Palace today the Premier League table could have a very grim look to it for us Gooners. Not only will Arsenal have dropped to fourth place after the Man City win at Chelsea yesterday, but Leicester City could have stretched their lead over us to 16 points with only 18 still available to us.
It looks like the scheduling of the fixtures in the Premier League this weekend has given Arsenal a rare piece of good fortune. A bit late maybe but we will take anything we can get at the moment. Arsenal still need to secure a Champions League spot for next year and we want to get it done as soon as possible and not still be worrying about it in the last few weeks of the season.
Arsene Wenger might be saying that Arsenal are still fighting for the Premier League title, but who really believes him? We do still have a chance of catching and finishing above our north London rivals Tottenham, which would be nice but not really all that important in the grand scheme of things other than keeping our long held bragging rights over the spuds.
At least someone is happy! by DN
Arsenal fans may not be happy that the Gunners have dropped five points in two games at home, but as usual Wenger likes to focus on the positives, like getting six points out of six on the road!
It is hard to argue too much with the comments from Alan Pardew about Arsenal this week. After all the current Crystal Palace manager was in charge of Newcastle United back in August of 2013 when Arsene Wenger reportedly place a transfer bid of around £10 million for the central midfielder.