They say that the only certain things are death and taxes, although I would like to add Man Utd winning the premier league (yet again) this season to the list. I think that Liverpool have done enough to secure at least 3rd position although with Gerrard out who knows, particularly if somebody nobbles Torres. I have just been looking at the other teams fighting it out for a Champions League spot, namely Chelsea, Villa and Arsenal.
Actually, to be honest what I have been doing is trying to convince myself that Gooners will be following footy on Tuesday and Wednesday nights next season, watching the likes of Barcelona and Bayern, rather than that other tournament that the spuds have been in lately….I think it’s something called the Eufa Cup. And what a close race it is turning out to be.
Arsenal have not been this bad since 05/06 season when we just snuck 4th at the end. We had been 5th or 6th for the whole of 2006 and then bingo, we beat Wigan 4-2 on the last day of the season whilst Spurs lost to the Hammers. The comparison between this season and 05/06 is interesting: after 25 games in 05/06 we were in 5th place on 41pts, three behind Spurs and seven behind Liverpool. Right now we are 5th on 44pts, five behind Chelski and seven behind Villa. We managed to accumulate 26pts in the last 13 of the season, including 8 wins (one being a 5-0 against Villa) and overhauled Spurs. Can we overhaul Chelsea or Villa this time around?
The diagram below shows my crystal ball gazing, based on the allignment of the planets and the colour of my turds this morning. Arsenal have some “easy” matches coming up, and if we are to have any chance we will need to go on a bit of a winning spree starting now. Villa have some tough matches coming up and I am encouraged by the pattern of my tea leaves to believe that they could run into a string of horrendous results, giving hope to us all. I cannot see Chelsea being pegged back – they are due a few wins and an ideal time to start would be their next match away to Villa. If Villa win that one we are doomed.
Anyway…..I reckon we end up level on points with Villa and it will come down to goal difference, and by then, with our new maestro ARSHAVIN in the fold, we will have chalked up a couple of 4-0’s and will secure that CL spot by the tiniest of margins, sending Villa fans into dispair!!! Martin O’Neil will be blubbing “I would really love it….” Keegan style as his team gradually gets hauled back.
Of course, ask me when I take my rose tinted specs off and I will tell you a very different tale.