Last night Chelsea drew 3-3 with Everton, and Man Utd lost 0-1 to Aston Villa. We're 9 points behind Chelsea at the moment, with 2 games in hand. We're up against Liverpool tonight, and if we win this one, and if we win the game in hand against Bolton, we're only 3 points behind Chelsea. Despite the despondency of the past couple of weeks, it's still very tight at the top.
As Wenger said:
"Between 78 and 83 points will be enough. If Arsenal, or anybody else, gets to 83 points, they will win the league. This season, more than ever, it looks to be a very open Premier League campaign. It is more open because everybody has slipped up - us at Sunderland, Man United at Burnley - and nobody can really predict what will happen."
It gives tonight's match a bit of extra impetus. Win, and we're back on track. Lose, and we're in a really shitty position. And wouldn't it be something to be back in contention, after all the crap that's happened in the past couple of weeks?
Then again, I don't think I could handle the disappointment again. I've had enough of new beginnings, lines in the sand, bright new dawns. I don't really care if our youth are maturing during our faltering title chase. We've seen it before and been disappointed. I'd rather have experienced pros at the club who can do their job well, not fuck up in defence, and give 100% effort 100% of the time.
Anyway, we really should beat Liverpool tonight. I think Arsenal should stick with Arshavin up front, supported by Walcott and Nasri (or Vela). Let's send a big "fuck-you" to all those English pundits who think we're too short to win the league.
It's time to let Theo off the leash and let him have a go up front. I'm tired of seeing him learning his trade on the wing. He's got all the physical qualities to be a great striker, and he's a good finisher, but he hasn't got the tactical brain to be adaptable enough to be a winger. So let's scrap the education and get him to do what we bought him for. It's time to bung him up front and get our squad of midfield midgets to thread through-balls for him to chase. Sooner or later, he'll latch onto one and make us proud.
C'mon Arsenal, and c'mon Theo.