Arsenal has a realistic chance of beating Leicester City despite all the negativity.
There appears to be an assumption that Leicester City just needs to turn up today to collect all three points. Well, if you listen to the pundits and some of the comments on this site. This negativity is, in my opinion, unreasonable.
Yes, the Foxes are flying right now, yes, Arsenal is playing badly but there really needs to be some perspective.
Arsenal have played some fantastic football this season, fair enough it has been inconsistent and not for the entire 90 minutes but they have shown it regardless. They are fifth in the table, not in the bottom three, they have held both Man Utd and Tottenham. We are not as bad as is being made out right now.
Many blame Unai Emery, the same manager that got this team to a Europa League final, that stuffed last seasons Champions League finalists 4-2, whacked Chelsea 2-0 and that went on a 20 odd game unbeaten run.
Now, I am not defending Emery or the players and I am not kidding myself that we are in great shape right now, what I am doing is saying that with this manager and these players they can still get the win today.
Of course, they have to get the basics right. I know that and it is their failure to do so which has created the situation we are in today.
Being negative all the time is so draining
But being negative all the time is just so draining. There is enough evidence there, albeit from early last season, that Emery and the players can produce the goods.
Why it has not happened this season I do not know, I have an opinion and it has a lot to do with the toxic atmosphere around the club frightening the hell out of the players into not wanting to make mistakes but I could easily be wrong on that. It could easily be the manager has lost the dressing room, none of us really know.
What I do know is that it was working perfectly more or less right up until the last seven or eight games of last season and so the idea that Emery cannot get the best from these players is, in my opinion, a fallacy.
Arsenal are more than capable of beating Leicester City today. I for one will watch the game with a positive mindset, there s more than enough time to be negative once the result is known. Doing it before the game serves no purpose whatsoever.