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Beating Man Utd is more important than beating Chelsea

Whatever the result against Chelsea, Arsenal will still be behind Man Utd. It could be as low as one point or as high as seven points. Either way, it is a more important game than the Chelsea one.

Ever since Mikel Arteta was appointed the new Arsenal manager excitement has grown and a top-four spot, while unrealistic, is a definite target.

Arteta got his managerial debut off to a good start with the 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth but he now faces two massive tests against Chelsea and Man Utd.

Let’s assume that Liverpool, Leicester City and Man City have more or less claimed a top-four spot each. That means that there is only one Champions League spot remaining and that it will be one of Chelsea, Tottenham, Man Utd or Arsenal that will fill that role. It is not as if any of them can actually compete for the title, however, you can check what are the odds to win premier league.

I accept that the likes of Sheff Utd and Wolves should not be dismissed but if I was a betting man I would definitely back Chelsea, Tottenham, Man Utd or Arsenal to finish fourth in the Premier League.

So, with that in mind the task today is quite simple for Arsenal, first, overhaul United, then pull in Tottenham and finally, leap above Chelsea.

That makes United the first target and closing the gap on them has to be the focus.

Of course, beating Chelsea is the priority right here and now but come January 1st when we face off against the Red Devils we will be lower than them in the league no matter what result we get against the Blues.

There is also the historical “dislike” that Arsenal fans feel towards United, I would actually state quite confidently that Arsenal fans hate United more than Chelsea.

The Chelsea game will be massive and very important but for me, beating United is more important, it will close whatever the gaps is to the nearest big team above us and from an emotional standpoint, absolutely essential we win.

Hopefully, Arsenal will pick up six points from Chelsea and United but if I hade to settle for just three points it would be beating United that would give me by far the most satisfaction.

24 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    The Chelsea game is also important because Chelsea is one of our biggest rivals in London

  2. Joe Jackson says:

    @gotanidea…You were right about Adams Traore all along. Guy is a beast and everything we want Pepe to be

    1. gotanidea says:

      Thanks. I watched Enrique’s Barcelona for three seasons, so I know how fast and skillful he was

      But he only excels on the right wing

      I believe Pepe could be a big threat too if he plays on the left side

      1. John Ibrahim says:

        Barca has the core players… every successful title winning team has a core of 5 or 6 players which have been playing together for at least 2 years or more which we dont

  3. agu eman says:

    Arsenal v United.
    These days both United and Arsenal are peripheral figures in the PL landscape.
    Two Europy league sides living off past glories many years ago.
    At least United act like a big club.They have some big name players.
    De Gea Bissaka Shaw Bailly McGuire Pogba Matic Mata Martial Rashford James.
    Chelsea has won 5 titles since Arsenals last win and they also won the CL in 2012
    as well as a slew of domestic cups.
    I don’t ever feel we have a rivalry with Chelsea.
    Spurs is a big occasion. Chelsea is just another game.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      grass seems greener out there?

      none of these players they have signed are performing well or won them the title or champ league….

      most of them are highly paid flops

    2. Jay says:

      And Arsenal didn’t win 3 FA cups in between?

  4. agu eman says:

    And you write Wolves off at your peril.
    They just completed the double over the League Champions in a
    brilliant dramatic game at Molineux.
    Why did we not go for Nuno? Because he was below our “class” maybe?.
    More likely he elected to stay with the more ambitious and better run club.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Maybe because Arsenal would have to spend a lot of money to poach Nuno from Wolves

      Nuno is currently having a good run because of his three-CB formation and his players, as what Conte had when he changed his formation to 3-4-2-1 at Chelsea

      But Nuno might find some difficulties next season, because his rivals would likely figure his tactics out and his squad might have to participate in Europa League

      1. agu eman says:

        Wolves ARE in the Europa League 🙂
        They play Espanyol in the round of 32.
        They played 3 home and away ties in qualifying
        so have played 6 more games than Arsenal.
        Crusaders (Northern Ireland Premiership)
        Pyunik (Armenian First League)
        Torino (Italian Serie A)

    2. John Ibrahim says:

      why did we not go for everyone?

      some players are successful with certain club, manager or style of play….

  5. Shakir says:

    One poor decision from the keeper and the whole game was made a hell for the city players.
    But they showed their spirit and fight,they should have actually won.
    As city lost yesterday the fight for the 4th place just got more intense as wolves will now be targetting it.
    For me its not just the united game,every game from now on is vital for arsenal if they are to make it to the top 4.
    But if i am to name the most important game(apart from NLD,”LONDON IS AND WILL BE RED “)that would be the chelsea game at home.If we can win that i think that is the kick start oup players need to turn the fortunes around.
    I am hopeful MA will guide them through.
    COYG!!!!

  6. Loose Cannon says:

    Man U will certainly win this game only because of sheer determination, not class or skill or tactics. Mikel can be judged next season, if he gets his players.The person who signed Pepe definitely needs the boot, not a robust player and well his his first interview he spoke of Gervinho? A more expensive version of Gervino I feel, but will judge him next season, cause all those around him do not inspire confidence.

  7. Jimmy James says:

    I don’t think we have any chance of a top 4 or a top 6 finish. We simply don’t have enough good players or a big enough and well balanced squad. We need to bring in during January 2 or 3 physically strong, tough, hard working players. Some players who relish a battle and like tackling. The game against Chelsea is the most important game because its the next one. We need to start winning asap. A loss could put us perilously close to the relegation zone.

    1. AY75 says:

      I’m not all too optimistic about our top four chances either. But if we can win the Europa, it’ll be awesome….. a trophy, plus CL football. I hope Arteta will be able to pull it off

    2. ozziegunner says:

      👍

  8. AY75 says:

    Every game is “the biggest” for Arsenal for the rest of this season, or at least, until we’re certain we have our mojo back, which should be after a good run of performance in say, ten games. We’ve been struggling against the teams we play for a while now, and that has landed us in a dire position, with regards to the top four battle. We need as many wins as we can get at the moment, so, it matters not what team we’re playing it is important that we fight tooth and nail for the win.

  9. Sue says:

    We’ve dropped far too many points to finish in the top 4! We’ll be lucky, very lucky, to finish in the top 6 at this rate!
    I’ve lowered my expectations, so wouldn’t be surprised at all if we don’t pick up any points in these 2 fixtures! Having said that though, nothing would please me more, than to beat fat Frankie and send the Chavs home with nowt!! And to then smash the Mancs… how exhilarating would that be?!! Come on!!!!

  10. Roy says:

    Beating anybody is priority at the moment.

  11. Yossarian says:

    Bit tough getting both Chelsea and Man Utd right now, but lots of reasons to be positive… (1) Chelsea have been very shaky lately (2) Man Utd seem to be stabilising and improving under OGS but they don’t have a top-quality squad any more (3) I thought the Bournemouth game showed we can improve quickly under Arteta. If it wasn’t for some awful crossing (Especially Saka & Nelson) and some poor finishing (Especially Lacazette) that game would have been a comfortable win.

    1. Jay says:

      From history, most struggling teams use arsenal to find their mojo. Struggling teams have always been our Achilles heel. I pray not this around with Chelsea and Man U.

  12. Mogunna says:

    So, we lose against Chelsea and Man U wins their game, even if we beat Man U, we in same spot we are today!

    To even speak about CL shows how far you are from reality!

    With same formation, we will be beaten badly by Chelsea, United and at Palace! We 6 points, 2 games away from 18th spot; relegation and you there talking about CL?

    When we there, I guess you will speak about Tittle race target!

    That’s should be topic: 6 points from relegation!

    Arsenal FC AW built is being destroyed completely at all level!

  13. Quincy Okereke says:

    I guess it’s true what they say.. when you are used to negativity and complains it is difficult to bounce back to a positive mindset.. some Arsenal fans need a lift as well not just the team.. the club needs to get a shrink for some of the fans to motivate them out negativeness because clearly a good performance from the team won’t do.. they just want the club to fail so they can say I said it.. fuc**ng Tottenham fans in the spirit world.

  14. Reggie says:

    Both games are a must win, we are getting further and further behind, we are at home and we can’t afford not to win. If we dont get maximum points, the chances are we will be even further behind and in big trouble.

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