This is only one way of looking at things, of course, and I am sure that no Arsenal fan would really be all that upset to see the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund inflict a painful defeat on Tottenham tonight. On the other hand there is some reason for us to think that Mauricio Pochettino getting Tottenham through to the next round of the Europa League at Dortmund´s expense might not necessarily be a bad thing.
The last thing we want is for the spuds to go and win the thing but a few more Thursday night games for them might be just the thing. This last 16 tie with the Germans has been reasonably kind on them, fixture wise, coming ahead of Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Bournemouth.
If they reach the quarter finals though, their European nights will come after a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield and before a home clash with Man United and then a trip to Stoke. And if they made it to the semis our rivals would be playing on the Thursday before Chelsea away and Southampton at home.
Arsenal may not be able to catch Leicester but it would make the pill a bit less bitter if we at least finish above Spurs again and those Thursday night games might just helps Arsenal to make it happen. Or would you just like Dortmund to end it and roast the spuds over the next eight days?