Without even kicking a ball, Arsenal have had a pretty good weekend

Don’t despair – top four is very much up for grabs.

Most Arsenal fans will likely still be feeling gloomy after our shocking Europa League exit, but results in the Premier League this weekend should lift all our spirits.

Firstly, Liverpool finally lost a game of football! Ignore what some of the haters are saying, this shows just how remarkable our Invincibles achievement was – many great teams have had a stab at it and always come up short. I’ve seen some mocking us on Twitter for celebrating the fact that we drew at home to the likes of Birmingham, Portsmouth and Fulham that season, despite the fact that Liverpool just got battered 3-0 by relegation-threatened Watford. Way to miss the point!

Anyway, while it’s a nice little boost to be able to celebrate the immortality of that legendary 2003/04 side for another year, it doesn’t do much for our current side’s immediate future.

Still, we have Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham to thank for that as they all stepped up to drop points in their league games this weekend.

First, Chelsea continued their recent slump as they only managed a 2-2 draw away to Bournemouth. Having taken the lead, they later found themselves 2-1 down and had to claw back a late equaliser. The Blues were far from convincing, and it’s a minor miracle they still occupy that fourth spot: Frank Lampard’s side have won just one of their last six in the Premier League, and in truth it’s hard to see them staying there. We just need to make sure we can be the ones to take advantage.

United have been improved of late, but missed their chance to put real pressure on Chelsea by slipping up away to Everton. The Red Devils got off to a nightmare start as a hilarious blunder by David de Gea gifted an early goal to Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Bruno Fernandes fired in an equaliser later in the first half, but Man Utd couldn’t come back, and were, to be honest, very lucky to escape with a point as Everton had a late goal rather harshly ruled out through VAR.

And finally, onto Spurs, who made it three defeats in a row in all competitions under the Special One. This looked a bizarre managerial appointment at the time, and Jose Mourinho has done nothing since taking over to change anyone’s mind. Tottenham have really not improved nearly enough to justify the sacking of such a fine manager as Mauricio Pochettino, and it’s hard to see them being the ones to pounce for that final Champions League spot.

As things stand, if we win our game in hand, we’ll be just five points behind Chelsea in fourth. With 30 points still to play for from there, this is very much all to play for. Of course, it was all to play for last season too and our end-of-season form was dreadful. Then again, if memory serves, so was everyone else’s, and we were just the slightly worse of a bad bunch. I can see something similar happening again this year as we remain a flawed side, but so too do our rivals. Let’s just hope this time our improved game plan and team spirit under Mikel Arteta can see us through.

12 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    The special one – don’t make me laugh!!!
    It was a superb weekend! De Gea howler, Watford masterclass, good old Bournemouth, Wolves comeback!!
    Loved it!
    Our game in hand against City – be great if we win it, but tbh I’m not so sure we will! Has the date even been decided yet?
    Oh well, hopefully if we beat West Ham on Saturday and others wobble again, things will be very interesting! COYG

  2. Ackshay says:

    Depends on new date, if it is before/after a CL match assuming man city qualify, we could nick a win since they will prefer CL to epl.

    We have to capitalise in our next 4 which are the easiest one left(vs midtable teams while not in relegation fight mode yet)while our rivals have difficult matches and head to head among themselves. Then we have 4 big matches back to back before ending the season vs 2 relegation threatened teams which is always dangerous.

  3. SueP says:

    As much as I can’t stand Spurs I was hoping for a draw in that game against Wolves, purely because it meant one team – Wolves got the benefit of 3 points. Draws across the board and one point each would have been preferable to me.
    That of course is only beneficial if we win our games. Next weekend has some juicy ties that could really change the landscape of the top 6

    1. Diogenes says:

      You’re right mathematically speaking.

      But I think Wolves will crash after another 1 or 2 rounds of the Europa.

      They don’t have the team to rotate well.

      1. SueP says:

        Well Diogenes, I’m with you on that and let’s hope so

  4. Sue says:

    I did feel for Villa yesterday….
    Also was amazed at Real beating Barca….. and Carlos Vela’s goal sunk Inter Miami on their debut.
    Podolski assisted twice for Antalyaspor…. so all in all a good weekend!!

    1. Shakir says:

      The el classico is one of my favourite matches.And my favourite team in la liga won it.Vinicius jr scoring and celebarting like ronaldo while ronaldo sitting on the stands….❤

      1. Sue says:

        I prefer Real, Shakir. Always preferred Ronaldo to Messi. I like Zidane, Ramos, Benzema and Marcelo too.
        I, for some reason though, thought Barca would win. Massive win for Real.. a point between the 2.. could go down to the last day!!

        1. Kenya 001 says:

          I’m not surprised sue 😀 💪 a choice btn Messi and Ronaldo I know the winner

          1. Sue says:

            😃👍

  5. Shakir says:

    Dont get me wrong for saying this but wolves match should have ended in a draw because none of the teams fighting for the top 4 should gain momentum apart from us.
    And its not just the 4th spot leicester are struggling as well.Apart from the 1st and 2nd spot nothing is sealed yet

  6. VB says:

    If ManC stay banned and Wolves got fifth but also won the Europa Cup, would sixth place qualify for the CL?

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