THIS COULD BE A GREAT WEEKEND FOR ARSENAL!
Obviously what we all want as Arsenal fans is for the Gunners to go away to Crystal Palace and pick up all three points with lots of goals, a clean sheet and no more injuries. And we might well do that if we play to our strengths and do not take the game for granted, or have one eye on the visit of French club Monaco for the Champions League clash on Wednesday.
At the same time, however, Arsenal will be looking for the teams around us to slip up a little and help us in the fight for the top four, but how likely is it to happen this week? Actually it looks like it could be a good week to be a Gunner, as long as we do our bit.
Four of the clubs around us are playing each other on Sunday with West Ham travelling to face Tottenham and then Southampton hosting Liverpool later in the day. With the Saints currently above us, a defeat for them would be handy but with the Scousers breathing down our neck I would prefer a draw. And with Ronald Koeman´s team very hard to beat and Brendan Rodgers’ mob having played in the Europa League last night, a draw is pretty likely.
Then we come to the Spuds who also had a European game last night, and pretty tough and disappointing one at that (altogether now awwww!). And with Sam Allardyce supposedly fighting for a new contract despite his excellent season, West Ham could well do us a favour in that game.
That would be great but the cherry on top would be if Garry Monk and Swansea could take something off Man United at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow. Van Gaal´s unbelievable luck has to run out some time, Swansea are safe from relegation and still have a chance of Europa League football next season so should give it a real go with no pressure. And they have already beaten United this season.