There is nothing that Arsenal can do to affect the state of the Premier League table, at least until Monday night when we play host to a West Brom team that has not been showing the usual defensive solidity that we expect to see from a Tony Pulis managed team but is still a point better off than the Gunners.
We can only hope that the teams leading the way so far in the Premier League drop points before our match, but with Man City going to bottom club Crystal Palace who have yet to pick up a point or even score a goal, while their local rivals United play Southampton the chances are not good for us.
Should both Manchester clubs or just one of them win today it will put them on 16 points and that is a massive nine points more than Arsenal currently have, so how will this big gap at such an early point of the season affect us? It could be quite demoralising for Arsene Wenger and the players, who are not exactly in a great place as it is.
On the other hand, it could release a bit of pressure and make Arsenal play with the freedom you sometimes see from sides who have little or no expectations. I think that Arsenal often play better when our backs are to the wall, whereas when we are on top of the table we tend to crumble under the pressure.
How do you think a nine point gap will affect Arsenal?