A draw at Stoke wasn’t a bad result, indeed an improvement on last few years, in which Arsenal have lost 3 out of 4 games. When Wigan beat Newcastle 4-0 it seemed like an even better result, so are Arsenal in the driving seat?Well Wenger said several games ago that every match was now a cup final, yet his team have managed two draws and a defeat since he said that. That is two points out of nine with only two games left Arsenal can get a maximum of 72 points. Those two games are Norwich at home and WBA away.
Arsenal have never won a game in the premiership without Arteta playing, but a draw at Stoke could be a sign that the team is toughening up, even if the goals aren’t exactly flooding in, it will certainly take more than the two goals scored over the last three matches to ensure third place.
To make matters worse both Chelsea and Tottenham had good wins this weekend, it will be ironic if Chelsea get a place in top four after all the talk of them needing to win the Champions league to ensure a place in it next season. Out of the top five teams, they are the team that is on top form, the rest are limping to the finishing line.
In Driving Seat or Squeaky Bum Time?
Well Tottenham, if they win next three games, could end up with 71 points, Chelsea can reach a maximum of 70 and Newcastle 71. Chelsea and Newcastle have to play each other so they can’t both end up on 70+ points; as the game is at Chelsea it is likely that it is Newcastle will lose out. A draw might be best for Arsenal.
If Arsenal win the next two cup finals then they will have 72 points, so in that sense they are in the driving seat, beat Norwich and WBA and it’s all over. Nonetheless it could be down to the wire. However, neither WBA or Norwich have much to play for, it is unlikely that either can be caught up by the teams in relegation trouble.
Meanwhile Tottenham have to play Bolton and Villa away, two teams desperate to get out of the relegation zone. Chelsea have to play Liverpool twice in four days, here’s to extra time, and also Blackburn and Newcastle at home.
Newcastle have the hardest run in
In eleven days they have to play Chelsea away, City at home and Everton away. It’s not a fixture list any team would fancy. Will they implode after the well earned Wigan victory? Or can they recover? Well we find out on Wednesday night as they play Chav’s away. On the same evening Tottenham will be away at Bolton.
I know it’s a long time since I have paid so much attention to our competitors’ games, that is never a great sign of dominance by Arsenal.
So driving seat or squeaky bum time? Well no time to fudge, so let’s give a definitive answer – Wenger is in the driving seat while many of us will feel our bottoms squeaking.
Still think we will beat norwich and draw at brom.we are limping over the line alright. Think chelsea will win all theres bar pool hopefully which should keep us above them.hoping spurs will slip up once more on wed hopefully
norwich's season is over, they have now lost 3 on the bounce, they look like they have hit a brick wall
we have to on saturday get at them from the start
then the last game is west brom, where it is most likely roy hodgson last game, his mind will be elsewhere its another side where the season is over for them, however it hasnt been a happy place for arsenal in recent years
i think bolton will get a result against spurs midweek but spurs then have to go to villa who will surely be fighting for their lives especially at home (you would think they will!) and then they have fulham home last game so they should be 3 points
we just need to win our last 2 which are winnable - we need to believe in ourselves, control the game and concentrate in defence and we will finish 3rd
Even if our Engine is sputtering, what are we talking about winning the title next season if we can't even beat Norwich (with nothing to play for and playerrs planning summer holidays) at home with a sputtering Engine?
That is the key isn't it?
ANd also the main reason why Van Perise is waiting for "Wenger's 2012/13 plan" before he decides to sign on.
I suspect Van Persie will not liek to fall into teh same "expectation" trap as Fabregas when he decided to stay on for one year after another, expecting Wenger to fulfil hsi implied "promise" to sign expereicned players...and Wneegr never did even Fabregas gave him "last chance saloon" by staying on for 2010/11 season despite incessant tappings from Barca after WC2010.
I believe whether Van Persie will sign-on or not rest very much on his perception as to whether Arsenal can be title-contender and title-winning team by 2014/15....i.e. within his 3-year contract extension that he at least can savor holding up a major trophy.
If Abu Dhabi CIty buys the 2011/12 title successfully, and Sheikh Mansour offers Van Persie 220,000 pw on a 4-year contract.....and Wenger refuses to strengthen the squad, proclaiming [again] his existing squad is strong enough to win title and trophies next season and 'there is no super-super player he can buy that will improve the squad....'
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