Weblog: The football punter
Arsenal meltdown can wait for another week
NEVER mind Super Sunday, it was a Super Saturday for Arsenal with Manchester City and Chelsea both dropping points to give the Gunners a golden opportunity to move seven points clear at the top of the table if they beat Everton at the Emirates.
We know exactly what the Arsenal of the last few years would do in this situation. They’d blow it big time.
You know the drill, create loads of chances and miss them, the opposition would go forward twice and score twice, usually benefitting from a defensive rick along the way.
Arsene Wenger, wearing that long coat which looks more like a sleeping bag, would wave his arms in the air, the Arsenal supporters would flood the radio phone-ins demanding the club spent some money and within a couple of weeks the Gunners would go from being title certainties to needing a result on the last day to edge Tottenham out of fourth spot.
But, without wishing to go too early, this Arsenal looks a bit different.
They are better defensively, more efficient going forward and even Nicklas Bendtner scored against Hull so I am on them to stick a couple of goals on the Toffees.
Everton beat Manchester United on Wednesday but I don’t think we should go overboard about a win away to mid-table opponents and Arsenal can take the chance to move seven points clear.
Then, obviously, they’ll blow it over Christmas.