Since our Stamford Bridge spanking last weekend, things haven’t gone particularly well. Although – at the same time, things could have also gone a lot worse.
The 2-2 draw at home against Swansea was actually a flattering score line for The Gunners, whilst the boys probably out-did themselves securing a point against a rampant Manchester City.
I didn’t see us getting anything but a good beating against City, so grabbing a point with a solid second half performance was a pleasant surprise.
Flamini had a bit of a rollercoaster week. He equalised for Swansea in midweek via a very late and unfortunate own goal, before equalizing for the right team on the weekend against City. All’s well that ends well I guess.
I have to admit, I didn’t see us getting anything but a good beating against City, so grabbing a point with a solid second half performance was a pleasant surprise.
However, the two back-to-back draws mean that we now face a fight on two fronts. We need to try out best to stay as close to the title race as possible, in hope that somebody slips up.
Yet, we now also need to be weary of Everton, who are breathing down our necks. We travel up to Goodison Park this weekend, so a win there is an absolute must if we are to secure fourth spot.
There is some good news though.
Aaron Ramsey is rumoured to be on track for a return against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final.
Arsene Wenger revealed that Abou Diaby will resume full training on Tuesday the 1st April. So long as that isn’t some kind of April Fool’s banter, that’ll mean that the big Frenchman can still play a part in the closing stages of this season.
Furthermore, Aaron Ramsey is rumoured to be on track for a return against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final. Although that’s great news, I wouldn’t hold your breath. He’s been due back for well over a month now.
The fixture against Everton this weekend is supremely important in the race for top four, and the possible race for the title. The Wigan fixture after that speaks for itself.
There’s still some life left in this campaign. Let’s hope that’s still the case this time next week. I’ll speak to you then.