It seems that things are conspiring against Arsenal and their challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League. The Gunners are doing their bit, with six wins and two draws from the last eight league games, but results elsewhere keep going against us and we are running out of time.
Tottenham have got seven points from the last three games, when it looked like they would get nothing out of any of them for most of the games. They are now sitting just two points behind Arsenal but they have a game in hand. That game in hand, against our other Champions League rivals Chelsea, is played at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The outcome could be crucial as to which two teams gran the last two spots.
Arsenal really need the result to help us out, but the way things are going it probably won’t. Chelsea played one of their two games in hand on us today at Old Trafford. The difference between Manchester United today and against Arsenal last weekend was extremely noticeable. Chelsea did not really have to work hard to control the game and some sloppy play at the end let Chelsea grab the winner. Ferguson made five changes to his side and they looked like they didn’t really care.
That result puts Chelsea above Arsenal and means they can lose to Tottenham on Wednesday and still finish above us if they win their last two games, away to Aston Villa and at home to Everton. The fact that those are two tough games does, at least, work in our favour as they cannot rely on the points and so should give everything against Spurs.
A defeat or a draw for Spurs would put our destiny back in our own hands, but if they win it make Arsenal third favourite. It really is going to the wire this season.