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It’s getting harder to enjoy Arsenal meltdowns
I KNOW the annual Arsenal collapse is more important for bringing some families together than Christmas but the champagne of those celebrating the club's demise may have to stay on ice a bit longer.
What is it that's so enjoyable about watching Arsene Wenger and co squirm as they blow their trophy chances?
It's something to do with the predictable meltdown of their fans. It feels like winding up the hot-headed kid at school - you know they're going to explode, it's easy to make them explode, but it's still weirdly satisfying when the inevitable happens.
I've actually started to enjoy it a lot less these days because an Arsenal loss seems to automatically result in a load of free publicity for that shrinking violet Piers Morgan. And now I'm giving him even more publicity before the Gunners have even blown it by mentioning him in this highly influential blog.
There will be a major tantrum if they crash out of the FA Cup this weekend but I can't see it happening.
I fancy them to get the better of Everton, who have won only three away games against Premier League opposition all season. That's almost as bad as Fulham.
Recent form doesn't make good reading for the Gunners, who have three victories in their last eight matches, but Arsenal have not lost at home to a team outside Europe's elite since the first day of the campaign.
The question is: are Everton still outside Europe's elite?
And the answer is yes.