Arsenal still have more more games to play before we reach the halfway stage of the EPL season, so there is a lot of water to go under the bridge and a lot of footballing twists and turns to come before someone gets to lift the big trophy in May, but our attempt to be that club is looking a lot better after the reigning champions Leicester City rose from their slumber to inflict a painful defeat on Man City yesterday.
With the Premier League table the way it is, Arsene Wenger knows that Arsenal do not need to beat Man City tomorrow. Man City do have a much better goal difference than us, though, so with only three points separating the clubs they would overtake us in the league table with a win and a draw would mean that Arsenal would have to take something from the final game next weekend to ensure finishing above Manuel Pellegrini´s team.
Arsenal somehow managed to take all three points in the big Premier League game against Leicester City on Sunday despite Arsene Wenger having to cope without the two centre backs that he wanted to start against the Foxes. We still do not know the extent of the injury picked up by Gabriel in training but hopefully it will not prove serious.
It is up to Arsenal to make the most of any slip ups by our Premier League rivals of course, and after slipping back into third place, even though we are only behind Man City on goal difference, means that we will need to do better than them and Leicester City for the rest of the season, while the run of results from our north London rivals has brought Tottenham right up to just two points behind us and got people talking about them as genuine title contenders.
Arsenal have plenty of injury problems of our own to worry about at the moment and they are important players that Arsene Wenger is having to cope without as well. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky may not always be guaranteed starters but they do have a significant impact for Arsenal, while Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin would walk straight back into the first team if they were match fit.
One of the final problems facing Arsenal in the quest to regain the Premier League crown, in my opinion, is the ability to keep the motivation levels as high as possible and to keep pushing ourselves to perform even when we are faced with a game we are expected to win with ease.
Theirry Henry has been getting carried away with the optimism over Arsenal and our chances of winning the Premier League this season. Despite the Gunners bouncing back well this month from a nightmare November, the former Arsenal forward feels that we have got away with some indifferent games and are quite fortunate to still be well in touch at the top.
Arsenal have a great chance to put some space between ourselves and our main rivals for the title on Monday night. Man City looked awesome at the beginning of the season, but they have dropped back a little lately and haven’t won away for a couple of months.