I was dreading the match last night, as I’m sure plenty of Arsenal fans were. Results and the situation in the Premier League seemed to be conspiring against the Gunners recently, while Tottenham seemed to be riding an inexhaustible tidal wave of luck. The spuds were lucky again last night at Chelsea, but could only manage a draw.
Chelsea were much the better side and should have scored more than their two goals, but they didn’t and Turdenham managed to equalise twice. It could have been so much worse for Arsenal, however, if Gareth Bale had done his usual trick. When Chelsea conceded a free kick in stoppage time, it was in the perfect place for the Welshman and I was convinced he was going to score and ruin everything, but for once his shot was tame and the idea that Spurs cannot win without him grows stronger.
The upshot of it all, of course, is that the Gunners are back in the top four and everyone has two games to play. If Chelsea had won, it would have made third place all but secure and would have allowed Arsenal to draw one of our games and still finish above the spuds. As it is, we must assume that both games need to be won. That final day, away to Newcastle, is now looking tricky, especially if the Magpies lose at QPR on Sunday. That will leave them three points ahead of Wigan, assuming we beat them next Tuesday. If Pardew’s men can get something against QPR, they will be safe, making our job on the last day easier.
Arsenal have been there before and know what it takes. We are on a great run of form, while the spuds must be absolutely gutted. Again! Come On You Gunners!