Now that the Champions League and Europa League competitions have finished their group stages and will not resume until well after the new year (bloomin’ Bayern again) all of the big clubs will be trying redouble their efforts in the fight for the Premier League title.
Arsenal are in a good position right now, despite the theory that no midweek games would hand a big advantage to Liverpool and Chelsea, but it would be a lot better if the Gunners could be top at christmas and I believe we might well make it.
Whoever ends this week on top will be the christmas number one but that is not the only reason for it being a massive week for us, as our next two games are a couple that, on paper, we might normally expect to drop points in. Arsenal are away to Everton and then Man City but the way we are playing as well as the way our opponents are struggling mean that there is a great chance of the Gunners winning both.
Do that and we could be no worse than second place but I reckon it could be even better, as Chelsea travel to Sunderland on Wednesday. The Black Cats have enjoyed a great run of late and they actually have a decent record against the Blues.
Plus, we often hear that a cold night in somewhere like the north east can see a team full of highly paid foreign stars come a cropper so we can only hope that is true of this game. Chelsea are also away in a London derby against Crystal Palace and they are rarely easy games.
Do you think Arsenal will win both our games? If so will it be enough for us to all have a happy christmas in top spot?