Home to Man U today; away at Chelsea next weekend. The next week could tell the tale of their challenge for the Premiership title. Thomas Vermaelen is out today with a leg bruise. I don't like their chances without his reliable presence in the center of the defense. But they are at home. A draw would be a good result; a win would be a pleasant surprise.
UPDATE: Surprisingly, Vermaelen has healed quickly enough to be in today's starting line-up. That's great news for the Gunners. Now, a victory over ManU would not surprise me.
SAD UPDATE: Just as against Chelsea earlier in the season, Arsenal are being run off their own ground by a Man U team that is looking far more formidable than they have throughout most of the season. Arsenal have been poor particularly in defensive midfield. The first goal was created by a piece of Nani brilliance, but the second goal, by Rooney, was a back-breaker. Denilson failed to track Rooney's run, and Rooney was able to turn in the box and pick his spot.
Questions will be raised now about Wenger's decision to field a weakened team in the 4th round of the FA Cup. That was a competition they could have won. With their pending defeat today to Man U, their Premiership title hopes are in shambles, and all that's left is a long-shot in the Champion's League. Is it time, finally, to second guess the French "genius"?