As the Arsenal approach the end of the season questions are being asked about their ability to see a game through to the end, to fight until the final second. We’ve seen in the last two games a weakness in being unable to protect a lead, to be able to stay in control and to capitalise on possession and instead, allowing the opposition to get back into the game.
It now leaves us fighting for 3rd or 4th place over the last five games, one of which is tonight against West Bromwich Albion. A win this evening will leave us above Man City and in third place, a draw will keep us fourth but on equal points with the blue Mancs. Lose, and we will be struggling to hang on to fourth with the red Mancs just one point behind and gaining momentum.
The Birmingham outfit are safe from relegation so perhaps may not have any incentive to go for a win, but it is a Pulis side and he is not the type to sit back and let us cruise to an easy win. Expect them to perform similarly to Palace at the weekend, defend in numbers and hoping to score on the break.
On a positive note, the Baggies have won just a single game against us in their previous nine visits to the Emirates, but I don’t rely too much on stats like that, not with the Arsenal anyway. We have only won four of our last 13 PL games, just one more than the Baggies, so on recent form, we are on level terms going into the match.
As I thought prior to the Palace game, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends in a draw, but my expectation is that the boys will find the incentive and the fight to win the game and continue similarly until the end of the season to secure the third spot. That is as much as we can now hope for this season.
On Sunday we travel to Sunderland, another park the bus merchant Fat Sam, and his team are fighting for Premier League survival. I’ll expect that to be tougher than tonight.
It’s Thursday night football tonight, perhaps it’s an omen and we need to prepare for it on a regular basis next season? Well that’s according to the Oracle named Kelsey!
Come on you fucking Gunners.