There were suggestions from the TV pundits after Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion on Thursday evening that it was something of a hollow victory, not only because our chances of the Premier League title are realistically over but due to the fact that there is no longer any pressure on the players to perform.
Whoever wins the Premier League title this year, (it will not be Arsenal and we all really hope that it will not be our north London rivals Tottenham either) will have started the season as rank outsiders to be crowned champions of England. The spuds might not have been the 5000 to 1 shot that some Foxes fans have been cashing in on, but not many expected them to trouble the top four, never mind the very top.
It has been a pretty poor season all round for Arsenal and us long suffering Gooners, perhaps made even harder to take because of the higher expectations built up by a second FA cup trophy win in a row capping a brilliant end to last season. That positivity and optimism was further reinforced during pre-season and even after the shock defeat by West Ham on the opening day of the Premier League campaign, the Gunners were looking good for a first title in 12 years.
Reasons outside Arsene as to why Arsenal are where we are. by KM
Well after another season of failure and after I spoke enough about Arsene, I will put out some of the other reasons as to why we are here, but keep in mind they are all connected and it’s really hard to structure them without jumping from one to another, so here it goes:
Arsene Wenger absolutely refuses to believe that the title race is over, not while there is the slightest mathematical chance that Arsenal could still end up as Champions. But there is also the small matter of our great rivals Tottenham Hotspurs, who have not finished higher than Arsenal in the League table since 1995 but are currently six points ahead of us, although we have a game in hand.
You can say what you like about Arsene Wenger but you can’t call him a quitter! As far as he is concerned the title race is definitely not over and he wants Arsenal to carry on fighting until the last day of the season.
Our club have struggled to keep tabs on Premier League leaders Leicester City since the turn of the year, and Tottenham secured a cushion between themselves and the chasing pack this weekend also. So why have Arsenal been left behind?
Another bad weekend to be an Arsenal fan as we have seen Leicester and the Spuds pull even further in front of us in the League table, but although we are resigned to our fate, we can only keep going with our fingers, arms and legs all crossed in the hope of a miracle.