I think it is safe to say that most Arsenal fans, if asked before the start of the Premier League weekend of matches what result they would like to see from the top of the table clash earlier, would have said that a draw between Man City and Leicester City at the Etihad was the ideal result for the Gunners and our hopes of securing the title at the end of the season.
That did not happen and the Foxes stunned their big spending rivals with a reasonably comfortable win, but I feel that this was the next best result from an Arsenal point of view, even though the eight point gap that we now see would have only been five had Manuel Pellegrini and his players prevailed.
However I still feel that Man City would have been a bigger threat to our title hopes if they had won this. Now, though, with the players already knowing that Pellegrini ls leaving and with their fixture schedule from four competitions piling up, they are there for the taking.
Arsenal simply have to win tomorrow to keep the Foxes in our sights but we knew that anyway and now a win over the Cherries will put us a point better off than Man City. But I do think that Leicester’s win today means that we really have to beat them when they come to north London next weekend.
The pressure is on, for sure, but we have already beaten the league leaders quite comfortably on their own turf and two wins from the next two games will put Arsenal in a great position. I am not saying that it will be easy or that I expect Ranieri’s side to fall apart all of a sudden, but we have all had our ups and downs this season. Arsenal are hopefully about to put a bad run behind us and we might just be able to start our rivals on one next week.
What do you guys think?