Gooners can sleep (relatively) easy tonight with the news that rivals Spurs have not overtaken the Gunners despite having a game in hand. A 2-2 draw with third placed Chelsea kept Arsenal’s third place chance a real possibility, but more importantly it put their Champions League qualification chances in their own hands with just two matches remaining.
The two final fixtures are against relegation strugglers Wigan and then Newcastle, both will fight and provide a real test for the Gunners however they look more enticing matches than Chelsea’s run-in who have an in-form Aston Villa and fellow European contenders Everton to come, as well as a Europa Cup final sandwiched between the two. Spurs have Premier League hard-boys Stoke City before Sunderland visit White Hart Lane, but as long as Arsenal manage to gain maximum points they will finish fourth at least.
Chelsea are currently third on 69 points with Arsenal two behind on 67. Spurs are fifth on 66 and (hopefully) this should be the end of their involvement in the Champions League.
Now focus turns to Tuesday’s must-win home fixture against Wigan who will be going for it too. Like Mertesacker recently said:
Sometimes it’s hard to play against a side who are relaxed on the pitch. You could see that against Manchester United last week as they were champions.
So I think it is good for us to play against teams who are under pressure. It helps us keep our focus on a high level.
An exciting but nerve racking two weeks are set to unfold. COYG!