If things go the right way for Arsenal from now until the middlw of May, then Arsene Wenger and the players will have eight ‘cup-finals’ with which to save the season from being a disappointment or an unmitigated disaster depending on the strength of your views.
It may be that Leicester and Tottenham, or one of them at least, will not falter and will meke it a side issue of little importance even if Arsenal do take all of the 24 possible EPL points left open to us. BUt there is nothing we can do about that and so the Gunners just need to focus on our own form and results, starting with a replay of our FA cup exit of a few weeks ago.
Watford will come to the Emirates on Saturday in confident mood after winning that quarter-final but there is pl;enty of reason for Arsenal belief as well as you would not expect us to play that poorly again or for one of the Watford players to score the goal of his life as Guediora did in the cup clash.
But this is not a cup match either and the approach of both teams is likely to be different. THe fact that we need the points a lot more than the visitors could well play a part as they will be able to sit back, keep it tight and hope for us to lose patience and over commit.
The question for Wenger is how much to risk and how patient can he afford to be. And there is also the question of the fitness of our players, especially the three South American internationals who will be getting back to London late after a long haul flight.
Should Wenger save Alexis Sanchez to be an impact sub? If Ramsey if fit will he come straight back into the side or will we stick with the impressive Elneny? Will Welbeck keep his place at centre forward or will Giroud come back and force him out wide? Gabriel or Mertesacker? Cech or Ospina? Campbell, Iwobi or Walcott?
Give us your thoughts please Gooners on Arsenal team selection and tactics for what could be the first of eight cup finals or the end of our title challenge?