Friday, 23 March 2012

A weekend with red cards and points deductions for Spurs and Chelsea

Morning Gooners.

I don't know about you but I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's game with Aston Villa. As much the win at  Everton was great and gave us three points, tomorrow's match is huge now. It's amazing how as this run continues, the next game seems bigger than the last.

I suppose one of the reasons it's vital to take all three points from the match is because there could be an opportunity to increase our lead on both Chelsea and Spurs who kick off at lunchtime. There are so many permutations from the match at Stamford Bridge which could be good for us - which certainly don't involve Spurs winning.

Hopefully once Chelsea are winning they will get a couple of players sent off and then a mass brawl take place on the pitch resulting in a points deduction for both teams.

The manager is right when he says we should only focus on ourselves. We are now in the driving seat. Keep on winning and third place is ours for certain no matter what any of our rivals do.

Wenger said:

"What I want us to continue is our run and not be in a position where you have to look at the other results.  
"That is why I believe that the main focus is on us, not to be obsessed by other results and to just keep going. 
"Of course the players will be aware of what is going on but it is not the last day of the season. We are in a position where what will matter is what we do at three o'clock against Aston Villa."
We are now the Premier League's form team with six consecutive wins. Keeping this run going is all the more important now we've got ourselves in this position. Our aim isn't to finish above Spurs at the start of the season, it become something of a given that we will. But if the league table at 5pm on May 13 has Arsenal in one of the automatic Champions League positions, I think it will be a great achievement considering the season we've had.

But there are nine games to go and within those matches we've got some tough fixtures. So playing with consistency is going to be key  for us.

Wenger said:

"I believe what is most important at this stage of the season is our consistency and momentum. 
"More than any other result, I believe this is the period which matters most what you do, so we just want to keep our focus on that."
Keeping this group of players fit and healthy is another issue. From the Everton game there are no new injury concerns according to the manager who will speak to the media later.

This is a huge weekend for us. I'm sure that the Grove will be rocking tomorrow afternoon. I can't wait.

Until tomorrow.

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