It would obviously have been one of Arsene Wenger’s most painful moments of the season watching Arsenal put in arguably their worst performance of the season at White Hart Lane at the start of March. Not only was it a blow in the race for the top four, but it gave everybody connected with the Spuds, and most of the media, to continue with their anti-Arsenal garbage, using one lucky win to apparently `prove` that we had lost our position of dominance.
Wenger did not react at the time, but he must have been seething, especially from AVB’s comments about a downward spiral that we would not be able to break out of. Since then, of course, the Gunners have won two in a row while they have lost three in a row. You just know that they are all starting to fear a repeat of last season, when they blew probably the best chance they will ever get to finish above us. Just in case, Wenger has gently reminded them.
“We have the experience of a few years. We have a special desire to do it (top four) together,” said Wenger.
“With the form we have shown, against Bayern and Swansea, I think we have a very good chance to finish in the top four.
“We know that if we are consistent we will do it. We do not focus on Tottenham at all. We focus on the way we want to play and our results. If we are consistent in the last nine games we will do it.
“Honestly, we don’t have any speculation on the weakness of our opponent. We just think there is a number of wins you want. It can be to get in front of them or anybody else.
“Nobody is out of reach, except for Manchester United.”
While Wenger talks about not looking at the weakness of Tottenham, the Spuds are talking about not fearing Arsenal, and both statements are clearly false. When someone starts a sentence with `honestly`, you know they are about to lie. Wenger is basically saying that Tottenham are weak and will let us overtake them again, and he is right, and the best thing is that they know it as well.
Michael Laudrup will have used the international break to re-focus his Swansea team after the Capital One cup euphoria. I expect them to be back on form today, and would not be surprised if they inflict a fourth defeat in a row on the Spuds.
Come on you Gunners!