How many lions must one kill to be named lion killer? One, ten? Why is it then that Arsenal are always at the receiving end of insult and belittling despite being in scintillating form this season to the extent that they are being ruled out of the league title?
Whatever one wants to call Arsenal, it will be an illusion to keep referring to them as non title contenders. They have proven that they are one of the best and probably, the most deserving for the crown for a number of reasons.
If the credibility of a winning team is the depth of the squad, as many pundits are tipping City, how come their point accumulation is no better than Arsenal with just a handful of games to go? Shouldn’t they be flying away with the title with 12 points and more?
And shouldn’t Arsenal be somewhere behind defending champions Manchester United? And yet, despite their popularized ‘weak squad’, Arsenal are still there among the top three!
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In the previous four seasons, Arsenal would be struggling and fighting to get back into the top four at this stage. Today, they are second with only a point adrift. Where does the skepticism stem from?
Haven’t they just proven that they are in for the title and anyone rules them out at their own risk? If a club that is second at the top cannot be considered title contenders with 12 league games to go, which team can be considered a serious title contender? Number one and three and not number two?
If the problem is Arsenal’s failure to score goals, how come those that score a marathon of goals still lag behind the Gunners? ‘Arsenal don’t score, Giroud is firing blanks, Arsenal are drawing games!’ If City and Chelsea are winning all games, how come they haven’t already won the 2013/14 league?
Weren’t City recently held to a goalless draw with Norwich City? Where was the revered Negredo? If they have an assortment of the best strikers, how come they could not put even a single ball behind the net of a team that is fighting relegation?
Arsenal just lost to Liverpool and drew with Manchester United and out of six points, they have redeemed one and yet the gunners are simply a point away! How come Chelsea, who were having relatively easy games, are not six points ahead?
This is the stage at which Chelsea and City should have run away with the title, but they have given it all away.
Arsenal are done with Liverpool and Man United. They only look forward to Chelsea and City and can force a draw if they chose. Doubters and haters said this would do or undo Arsenal; with one point behind leaders Chelsea, are the Gunners undone?
Isn’t it illogical and laughable that Arsenal are being ruled out of the title for their failure to beat big teams?
How pathetic and illusionary thinking! Leagues are not won by beating big teams only. How many big clubs are there to cost Arsenal the league? How many are above Arsenal and how many are below them.
Arsenal might lose to big squads, but are doing exceptionally well against the so called underdogs; and they are many. Meanwhile, Chelsea and City are losing and drawing games they are supposed to win. Who are safe?
Pundits will look for any flimsy justification to count the Gunners out of the title race but the stark truth is that despite their so-called thin squad, despite their failure to break spines of ‘big’ clubs and their woeful injuries, they are there at the top with a few games to go.
They have passed the tipping point. Chelsea and City have given the league away by failing to capitalize on Arsenal’s failures when they faced two of their last four grueling matches. It is City and Chelsea’s turn to face Liverpool and those slippery lower clubs that humiliate them to late draws and losses.
As for Arsenal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back from injury and firing from all cylinders. Soon Aaron Ramsy will be back. Jack Wilshere is no longer the boy you knew. Mathieu Flamini is back from suspension to anchor the midfield. The remaining games are winnable. This team is a winning team it has proven so since August when it tragically lot to Aston Villa in that first game and went on a rampage winning ten.
So, haters, maybe you should look elsewhere because this Arsenal is really going to break your hearts!