Our season is over where trophies are concerned but the boys still have to find the incentive to keep playing and finish in the top four. However, with City and Liverpool still both in with a chance of winning the CL and Europa, third place has to be our target to guarantee Champions League football next season and a £30m payday for the board of directors.
Crystal Palace haven’t had a bad season, they are in the FA Cup semi final and play Watford next weekend at Wembley (which should have been us) but their premiership survival is still just in the balance. They are eight points above the drop zone and it is still mathematically possible for them to be relegated, I doubt that will happen but it means that Pardew will be cautious at the Emirates today so expect a bus to arrive to stifle the game, I’m sure he’ll be happy with a point.
We most definitely have to win however, and consequently, will have to put every effort into breaking down the Palace defence. Furthermore, our last six games are going to be about pride….. North London Pride. The bastards up the road in N17 are starting to get arrogant already about finishing above us and they need to be firmly put back in their rightful place, below us and in our shadow.
Wenger will probably go with the team that played at Upton Park with the exception of Cech stepping in ahead of Ospina and possibly the BFG replacing Paul Easter.
Pardews players are unbeaten in their last three games, draws against West Ham and Everton and a win against Norwich have kept them in survival mode and this will be their Modus Operandi until the end of the season, survive at all costs. Consequently, I think they will be up for todays game more than the boys in red, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a draw.
The Spervs play away to Stoke tomorrow evening so I’m really, really hoping that game will be a banana skin for them. If we can win today and the Spervs lose tomorrow it firstly puts us back in third place above City but more importantly, puts us just three points adrift of the shadow dwellers and us with a game in hand, which we will play this coming Thursday at home to West Brom, so we could possibly be on equal points for second place with four games to play.
Despite not having the excitement of still battling for the Premiership title, there is still a lot at stake to enable us to cheer loud for our boys….. let’s stick with them till the end of the season and then we can all put in our judgements about how things went wrong.
Come on you fucking Gunners.