Arsenal’s title challenge seems to be back on track for now after securing three points this weekend for the first time since Arsenal’s game against Crystal Palace at the start of the month. Sunderland wasn’t the Gunners’ first win since the Palace game, though, having beaten Liverpool in the FA Cup. However that aside we have seen double blows from Liverpool and Bayern Munich, whilst a draw against Manchester United means that in three games which has seen Arsenal ship 7 goals and score just 1.
But Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Sunderland signified hope to build on again and the Premier League title is the target. Having now entered the final third of the season, Arsenal’s run in features both promising fixtures, but also some rather frightening games which could completely open the title race dependent on the results. Arsenal still have the likes of City, Chelsea and Tottenham still to play, not to mention Bayern Munich in the second leg of this round. Many thought this was our tough fixture list over, however even the next game against Rugby club Stoke City will not be easy.
Stoke have troubled Arsenal in the past but I’m sure we will all be hoping that Arsenal secure the three points, whilst our opponents Chelsea and Manchester City slip up. Currently Arsenal sit one point behind Chelsea, whilst Man City are in third place. However if they were to win their current game in hand then they would go top, Chelsea second and Arsenal consequently third, showing just how much of a drastic change could happen.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger made it clear that he believes the fight could go on until the final day. Wenger said: “It looks like the last game could be decisive. Nobody knows. What is for sure, the most consistent team from now on will do it.
“Everybody has big games, everybody has difficult games, the Premier League is difficult for everybody so let’s just focus on our performances. We’ve just come off of a little bit of a difficult run because we lost at Liverpool, we played a draw against Man United and we are still only one point behind Chelsea so overall that is a great encouragement. Let’s go for the 11 games with a real desire to do well in every single game – then you have a good chance.”
Just like Arsene Wenger I believe this title race will go down to the final day of the Premier League season because the Arsenal players are now in a position to challenge again. Chelsea and City may be better favourites for the title however it doesn’t mean we cannot pull off a shock result. If Arsenal manages to come out of the game against Spurs in mid-March still in second place, then with our run in, I am confident that we could go all the way until the very last day before the outcome of the Premier League.