Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Premier League Race

The next two weeks may well make or break Arsenal's title challenge. Between now and February 10th, they play at Man U, home to Chelsea, and away at Liverpool.  The Gunners currently stand 3d on the League table, a point behind Man U and two points behind Chelsea (with Chelsea holding a game in hand). Arsenal really must take all three points from the games against those two teams; and they cannot afford to lose at Liverpool.

The task is all the more difficult because the Gunners lost their brilliant and dependable fullback Thomas Vermaelen to a possible broken leg during yesterday's 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. Eduardo also pulled up with a hamstring problem. With the old and (if one game is any evidence) unreliable Sol Campbell to take Vermaelen's place in the middle of Arsenal's defense, Rooney (for Man U) and Drogba (for Chelsea) might well be licking their chops.

It seems too much to hope that the Gunners could come through the next three games with 8 points; indeed, at this point, they might settle for 3.

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