Well it has all gone a bit pear shaped for the Arsenal in recent weeks, as we followed up a fairly fantastic festive period of seven wins from eight games in all competitions with a three game winless streak in the Premier League which culminated in the pretty disastrous London derby defeat by Chelsea.
So where does this leave us? Certainly in a spot of bother but by no means having irrevocably damaged our chances of winning the Premier League title. However, I do feel that we must now redouble our efforts in the league and cannot afford any more slip ups.
Unfortunately that may well mean that the Gunners have to sacrifice a little bit our hopes in the Champions League but those games are some way off. Next up for Arsenal is the next round of the FA cup and much as we would love to win it for a third year in a row, it is a game we could do without.
The fact that we are at home against a Championship side in Burnley makes it easier for Arsene Wenger to rest a few key players but I think he has to rest more than a few. Just three days later we have an EPL clash with Southampton and not only did they hand us a heavy defeat back on Boxing Day, they are coming off a morale boosting win at Old Trafford and are out of the cup so will be nice and fresh to face us.
Losing that or even just failing to win could put a massive dent in the confidence of the team as well as harming our league position, so is it time to risk elimination from the cup to give Arsenal the best possible chance of the trophy we all want most?