THE TITLE RACE: Should Chelsea be worried about Arsenal?
Arsenal's resurgence up the Premier League table with their run of form of late has been impr...
Arsenal's resurgence up the Premier League table with their run of form of late has been impressive. With key players back, scoring goals that have taken them into second place, I am asking you the Chelsea fan reading this post (or Arsenal fan for that matter), whether or not they should be taken as serious title challengers.
In three weeks time, Chelsea travel to The Emirates in what looks on paper to be a mouthwatering tie. As it stands, Chelsea are seven points clear of the Arsene Wengers side with a game in hand and you would have to believe that a Chelsea victory there would put an end to any realistic title hopes they have had of late. What if Arsenal beat Chelsea?
Arsenal face Burnley away in the Saturday Night Football whilst Chelsea take on QPR away in the early live Super Sunday showing at Loftus Road - no easy games for either of us and it will be interesting to see where Arsenal are placed compared to Chelsea by Sunday night next week.
Then the week after, Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge as Arsenal face Reading in the FA Cup Semi Final. Chelsea could be well clear by the time we face each other on Sunday 26th April.
Arsene Wenger spoke after victory over Liverpool and said:
Although playing well and winning games, I still believe that Arsenal's defence isn't the best and against us they will be tested. Cesc Fabregas will also be up for the game, his first at the Emirates since he left the North London side for Barcelona.‘If the opportunity presents itself, we will have to be perfect and Chelsea have to be not perfect. The only thing which we can master is to be perfect. Chelsea have a difficult programme and so do we.We want to keep the momentum — win, win, win and win again. We know the top four is in our hands now. The title is not in our hands. We are looking up, but we are looking at our next game because that is all we can control. What we can master mathematically is the top four. Let’s focus on what we can master — our own performance.’
If Chelsea can win the next to games before they face Arsenal and then win at the Emirates, it's more or less all over. However, we all know that football has it's twists and turns and nothing is as straight forward as it seems.
Do YOU think that Arsenal have to be taken seriously as realistic title contenders now?