Firstly, another massive high five for Debs who posted an excellent summary of the game yesterday! A game in which our win was so important and United’s loss after Chelsea’s loss last week, suddenly give us new impoteous that we can close in on the top two and I don’t think we should for a minute think we’re out of the title race!
Let’s take a look at the next 11 games for the top three and see where we think the title will end up.
|55 points||61 points||57 points|
|Stoke (away)||Manchester City (home)||West Ham (home)|
|Burnley (home)||West Ham (home)||Wolves (away)|
|Hull (away)||Blackburn (home)||Fulham (home)|
|West Ham (home)||Portsmouth (away)||Liverpool (home)|
|Birmingham (away)||Aston Villa (home)||Bolton (away)|
|Wolves (home)||Man United (away)||Chelsea (home)|
|Sp*rs (away)||Blackburn (home)||Blackburn (away)|
|Wigan (away)||Sp*rs (away)||Man City (away)|
|Man City (home)||Stoke (home)||Sp*rs (home)|
|Blackburn (away)||Liverpool (away)||Sunderland (away)|
|Fulham (home)||Wigan (home)||Stoke (home)|
I haven’t filled in the totals… yet but when you look at that list, it’s true to say we definitely have the easiest run in. But we do need to catch Chelsea by 6 points and the question will lie in whether we can see them dropping six points / goal difference more than we do. We won’t win all of our games, but we can drop less than the rest. Do you think Chelsea or United will win all their remaining games? Chelsea loss to Wigan and United’s loss to Burnley are proof of the pudding that it may not be against the likes of Sp*rs and City that the top two drop points. I didn’t think Everton would beat United, but they just did that.
Looking at the table above, I think we can win all of the games, but think we may just get a draw or two in the process. I don’t think we can afford a loss anywhere in the run in. Chelsea will most likely bulldose through, but against City, United and Liverpool they could easily drop points. I wouldn’t rule out Villa get a draw at the Bridge or Sp*rs doing them over at WHL… looking at United’s fixtures and the fact that they look the team with the most problems, home games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Sp*rs now look very tough for them as well as the away games at City and Sunderland.
As the comments suggested, it’s not over yet… let’s take a read of what Dampatti had to say on the matter:
An objective look at the remaining premiership fixtures shows that Arsenal have a favourable fixture list and with only 2 really tough games left, they are very much in the title race. What happened to United on saturday was exactly what i (and a lot of Arsenal fans) had predicted a while back, the top 2 are DEFINITELY going to drop points because their hardest matches are their last matches. Chelsea still have to travel to Man Utd, Liverpool and have Man City and Spurs at home. Man Utd still have to go to Man City and still have Spurs and Liverpool at home (some might say that those two have poor records in Old trafford but then again, Villa did and United only managed to get a single point from them this season). If the season continues to play out according to the laid down script (i.e Arsenal smashing the teams below them, Man Utd and Chelsea dropping points in midly tough fixtures) Arsenal have a fantastic chance of taking the title this season.
Theo believes too…
“People tend to write us off. We stay in the background and do our own thing. We’re just six points behind Chelsea. It’s looking good. It was frustrating in the early stages of the season with results not going our way, but it’s coming together now.”
So, do you still believe? We don’t have a fixture until the weekend, so we should be rested up in time for the Stoke game… isn’t it time we put one over them at their stadium… Bendtner and Eboue to start I’d say (more on that later – a proper preview on Thurs / Fri)….
Okie dokie, that’s a wrap, until next time my friends…