Ex-Tottenham man Glenn Hoddle believes we’re still more than in with a chance of winning the title this season, and was highly critical of his old side after our 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Hoddle suggested that Tottenham had blown their chance to show their credentials and knock us out of the race, allowing our ten men to equalise and take a share of the spoils.
He also highlighted our ability to go on impressive runs, something we’ll need to do if we are to have any hope of lifting the title this season.
“That Alexis Sanchez goal was a huge moment for Arsenal. Had they lost at White Hart Lane, that would surely have been the end of their title hopes,” he wrote.
“You have to give them credit. They maintained their threat, even when they didn’t have possession in the first half; even when they were down to 10 men in the second.
“They took risks by leaving Danny Welbeck and Sanchez up high but were rewarded. What we know about this Arsenal team is that they can go on a run.
“They are still capable of winning this most open of titles races.”
While statistically the difference between a win and loss wouldn’t necessarily have been huge – as Leicester seem to be the ones we need to catch rather than Spurs – the confidence and momentum that draw could give us might be huge.
We’ve been on a poor run recently, and our display against Tottenham was arguably our best in a while. Even once down to ten men we were still excellent for the most part, and aside from conceding two goals right after Francis Coquelin’s sending off, we looked the more likely to score most of the time.
Leicester have been annoyingly consistent this season, and with the lead they’ve gotten themselves, toppling them may prove too big an ask. If we can build on the back of this performance though, hopefully we can put some real pressure on them – something they won’t be used to being in such unfamiliar territory.
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Tottenham are still a big threat, but perhaps the draw will have a demoralising impact on Mauricio Pochettino’s side.