Arsenal were the only team in the top half of the Premier League table to lose at the weekend, meaning that we lost ground on all of the teams fighting for the title or for a place in the Champions League for next season. While that added to the misery of losing a local derby, it could have been a lot worse.
Despite being four points clear at the top of the table, Arsenal are still not favourites to become the Premier League champions this season, although the odds are getting shorter with every victory and every test the Gunners come through. Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger are well used to being written off by the media and the bookmakers, but they don’t normally do the same thing with Manchester United, and Wenger feels they have got it wrong.
It was a good day in the Premier League for Arsenal today and they didn’t even have to play. Maybe the pressure that the Gunners had put on by winning again at Cardiff yesterday, but all of the rivals that were in action today, except for Man City, struggled.
Well, Arsenal fans, we are about halfway through the interlull and I don’t know about you lot, but I am suffering without my regular fix from the Gunners. Having said that though, I do think the players needed this time to rest and reflect on the season so far.
The Premier League is now more than a fifth of the way through, and Arsenal are showing no signs of taking their foot off the accelerator. In fact, by winning on Saturday, the Gunners went two points clear at the top of the table, thanks to Liverpool only getting a draw at Newcastle. And they got a penalty and played against 10 men for more than half of the game.