It is not news that Arsenal is out of the Europa League; what is news is what’s next for Arsenal after its misfortunes in the Continental stage.
Well, up next for Arsenal is a return to Premier League action, where this Sunday Arsenal will be hosting Crystal Palace, who’ve just sacked their manager, former Arsenal legend Patrick Viera, at the Emirates stadium. As per Paul Merson, if the Eagles have any dream of ending their 11-game unbeaten run, then they are in for a rude shock, as he believes that come Sunday, we can’t expect anything other than an Arsenal win.
On his Sportskeeda column he claims, “I’m going for an Arsenal win all day long—pick a scoreline! I’ve always said this, and I firmly believe it matters who plays first in terms of the title race. Manchester City are in the FA Cup, so if Arsenal manage to win this week, they can go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
“City will have games in hand, but Arsenal need to do whatever they can to put pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side as we enter the business end of the season.”
Crystal Palace couldn’t have met Arsenal at a worse time. Arsenal wouldn’t be kind to them this weekend, and Odegaard already hinted as much, saying this after the Europa League elimination: “It’s done now, we can’t think too much about it, we have to move forward, and we have a new game on Sunday, and we just have to be ready for that one now.”
With Manchester City not playing in the league this weekend, a comfortable win over Palace this weekend will see Arsenal go eight points clear at the top of the league with 10 games to go.
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This is it, the big one , it is said a bird in the hand is worth two in the bushes.
Have been saying this for days this game will be MASSIVE in terms of the title race.
Win this and we are eight points clear of the champions, though the Citizens has a game in hand they will still have to turn up and play for it
The psychological pressure will start here , we have seen what it has been doing to Ten Hogs , surely a few nerves will be rattled at the Citizens we are seeing signs of nervousness from Pepe Guardiola.
An eight point lead is no easy feat to wipe off with ten games to play.
Paul Merson has been spot on with his prediction in recent games, and I have to agree with him am expecting a field day and to avenged the sacking of our legend that was dismissed under suspicious circumstances.
The whole and real truth is that ALL games both for us and for City and therefore not ONLY the Palace match, are CRUCIAL.
All carry three points for a win and until the title is finally decided, EVERY game for both clubs is, OBVIOUSLY, a crucial one.
To suggest ONLY the Palace game is MASSIVE, is nonsense!
We need to put everything into winning these next three points, everything, and getting our heads right after the shock of losing in the manner that we lost, it was like old Arsenal __you have a go __we have a go, I thought physically and defensively, and mentally we were beyond that, we’re usually tight-knit with everyone quick to retreat and press before winning duals interceptions 50 50s and scraps. We need to get back to our dominant best, good on the ball and good off the ball. Big points are up for the taking. Then with the break, we can hopefully get everyone back fit COYG!!!