Ahead of the visit of Manchester City to the Emirates on Monday night, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke of the importance of the top of the table clash and highlighted that the Gunners have to win matches such as these in order to clinch the Premier League title for the first time in over a decade.
As quoted by The Guardian, the Frenchman said: “The title will be won by taking points off the bigger teams. Maybe more than ever because the championship appears to be very tight. We have played 16 games and the top team is on 38 points.
“So it means that the Premier League title could be decided at around 80 points. Consistency will be the main priority because every week, you are surprised by the results. We have really established a good run so it’s important to continue that.”
Looking at the North Londoners’ record against the big teams in the previous seasons, you can’t help but agree with Wenger. On analysing the recent past, Arsenal, with a few exceptions, have been consistent against the smaller and mid-table sides but have failed when it came to playing the big boys, which as Wenger said, needs to be rectified this season.
In a season where there is no runaway leader, it is extremely important to get the points against title rivals as that is what it will probable come down to at the end of the campaign. With the Gunners already having beaten both Leicester City and Manchester United comfortably, beating Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be the next step towards maintaining the momentum towards a push for the title. If you were a betting man such as on comeon voucher code then I would fancy Ollie Giroud to score the first goal, or even the only goal of the game!
While the game against City is no title decider, it represents an opportunity for Arsenal to show that they can indeed beat the big boys and shake off the reputation of not having the mettle to deal with clashes such as these.