Will Spurs’ European thrashing affect Arsenal title hopes?

It looks to me like Arsenal will be the only team from the current top three of the Premier League that will have anything but the Premier League title race to worry about by next week, always assuming that the Gunners manage to get past Watford at the Emirates stadium on Sunday, but how will that affect things?

Leicester City were already out of the domestic cups and it does not seem to be affecting them in a negative way. To be fair they do have a smaller squad with less strength in depth and so the fewer games they play the better. Just like their luck with injury problems and the odd referee decision, late goal or miss by the opposition, everything seems to be going for them this season.

But with our north London rivals the situation is a bit different. Having not won a trophy for ages and thinking of themselves as a big club there is much more pressure on them to compete for every competition they are in. That is why I was surprised to see their manager rest a number of their big players away to Borussia Dortmund.

It was almost like Pochettino threw away their Europa League chance to focus on the EPL title but these things do have a habit of backfiring. It cannot be good for the confidence to get totally rinsed as the spuds were tonight and we can only hope that it affects their confidence.

The score could have been much worse for them than 3-0 and it will be interesting to see how they approach the second leg at home. As there is still a slight chance of overturning it I expect Dortmund to field a strong side and another heavy beating would be lovely.

If they can shrug this European disaster off though and focus solely on the Premier League it could be very bad news for Arsenal, especially with our own injuries racking up as usual. What do you think Gooners?

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  1. We’re going to be sent out of cl too, and fa cup is from this point only 3-4 extra matches. Rotate properly and we’ll be ok. I hope to see players rested vs barca

  2. The Spuds will regret what their manager – Mauricio Pochettino did at Westfalenstadion last night by resting some of his top players as he has now looked to have thrown away the Europa League title, the only title Spurs could win this season.

    It is never guaranteed ever, for Spurs to win a Barclays Premier League title ahead of Arsenal. Because they can’t do that as it’s an abomination for Spurs to finish above Arsenal in the table to win a title as St. Totteringham Day is still very much reigning. Or have the Spuds forgotten about that c…e?

  3. Going out of the Europa
    is good for Spurs. Same when
    we get knocked out of the
    ECL by Barca on Wednesday.
    Meanwhile we have Watford in the FA cup
    meaning WBA midweek sometime and Sunderland
    mid week sometime if we make the semi.
    All complicating an already challenging situation.
    Spurs has a really tough EPL schedule so for me
    Leicester remain our main rival.
    If they beat Newcastle and Palace and we lose to Everton
    we could be 14 points behind with just one game in hand
    and with Leicester having only 7 games to play.
    But the “waiter” might serve fox stew on Monday night 🙂

  4. We are our own problem, neither spurs nor leicester. Win five straight games and see where we stand. Even though I lost hope in our very own Arsene but I still believe in my Arsenal. #COYG its never over until its over.

  5. Ramsey’s injury means M.Elneny is a starter for us which is good news for us as he is miles better than Ramsey in that CDM role. d next 7 matches ll b 7 wins out of 7 with Elneny bossing our midfield …,,,,,,COYG

  6. Yep. Didn’t look like they were going all out to win with the team selected.

    Maybe a judgement of error or clear statement that the PL is their focus in terms of priorities.

    Interested to see what Wenger will do when our boys have a day out in Barca..

    1. Watching the highlights, it didn’t look like they even left London. Think I saw 2 shots, poor ones too – then complete bvb dominance

      1. To be honest, seeing as it was Europa with the Thu football I think it was the right call, also Dortmund would have most likely went through even if full team selected. They have never had this opportunity in all the years I have been watching football so they are 100 percent correct to prioritise it. Allot of very good teams still in Europa whereas a recently promoted team stands only five points above them, and in the final stretch too.

  7. Its funny how people are writting off Man C and they are 2points behind us with a game in hand…so to them the title race is only btn Arsenal and Leicestr hehe no one ever talk about Man c!

    1. Did any one notice that the makeshift defensive change in the hull city game, kind of looked promising. I mean, I thought the Flam Cham Monreal Gibbs shift held their positions well enough to keep us solid..(Flamini Chambers Monreal and Gibbs). I would love to see more of this tactical changes from AW, even though he was clearly out of sub- options..

      1. I completely agree with this point. people forget that both flamini and coquelin began as RB and are capable of holding that position down. I would probably prefer flamini at RB over Calum due to his tackling ability and aggression. Monreal looks to have the tactical awareness and passing ability to be a great CB in time of crisis. the epl is a league where versatile players are extremely valuable IMO.

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