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EPL Schedule Favours Arsenal For Fourth Place

This summer, when we all got a first look at the new schedule for the 08/09 campaign, we saw the extremely tough run of fixtures we had received near the end of the season. Now after a frustrating season, to say the least, a quick look at those said games would seemingly be even more daunting. But I think for three reasons we will thrive in the difficult circumstances and go on to secure Champions League footy next season.

First, an in-depth look at the schedule for all the top five teams is needed. Today Liverpool pulled ahead of Chelsea with a controversial 2-0 win, and this makes them a more likely contender for Manchester United, though I doubt they will put up much of a fight. The next fixture between two of the top five teams is on February 21 when Chelsea go to Villa Park. After that the next game is between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford in the middle of March, and the next weekend Aston Villa go to Anfield. Arsenal do not have to face another top 5 team until the 18th of April. So this is how the rest of the schedule works out

Aston Villa v. Chelsea 21/2

Manchester v. Liverpool 14/3

Liverpool v. Aston Villa 22/3

Manchester v. Aston Villa 4/4

Liverpool v. Arsenal 18/4

Arsenal v. Chelsea 9/5

Manchester v. Arsenal 16/5

I see this as an advantage to Arsenal because they will surely take points off each other and then we have the chance to put our destiny in our own hands by beating our rivals. We must, though, keep in touching distance until that time. This leads me to my second point; If we can stay close to the teams above us until the point when we have the chance to take points off of them, then this Arsenal team will do something it has done all season, step up when our backs have been against the wall. Arsenal's best performances this season have come when we needed to beat the best teams. For example, we dominated Manchester United and made their defense look silly at times. Since our two minutes of consecutive possession that climaxed with Nasri's wonderful second goal, the Mancs have yet to concede. This shows us that we can play with the top teams, and I have faith we will do it again.

My last, and most important point in my opinion, is that by the end of the season we will most likely have our very best players back to compete with these brilliant teams. Arsene said that Eduardo is two to three weeks away from first team action, Cesc is out six to eight more weeks, Theo another five weeks, and Rosicky eight more weeks. If all goes well, these four players will be back in time for the first of three matches against the Sky 4 on April 18th. Now knowing Arsenal's medical staff this might be a pipe dream to have them all back, but even just having three of the four would do wonders to the teams quality as well as the sides confidence.

Hopefully this all indeed works out in Arsenal's favour, but as I said earlier, the team must stay in the race with good performances against middle table and bottom half teams for any of this to matter. With the imminent arrival of a certain Russian, I believe we can indeed do it. COMMON ARSENAL!!




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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 1 2009

Time: 11:00PM

Your Comments

All well and good Brice. But let's not forget our very problem is to beat the mid-table/'lesser' teams eh? lol
GoonerLou
Lol I know, I know. Buts that's why the Russian is coming...The Russian is coming!
gunnerkid107
That could work in our favour Brice, but if we keep on dropping points ike we have done that'll leave us needing to win these massive games. I'm already starting to sweat.
Rocky7
we may have a better chance of catching chelsea,because we still have to play them
fran merida
calm my brethren, calm. Arshavin cometh and Eduardo, Walcott, Rosicky and Fabregas will returneth. Natural order will be restored and to be honest based what I saw today, Chelski may well be the team to miss out, they are frickin' imploding! Just one other point, what a difference in the quality of football from today's match and our clashes with utd. Super Sunday? I rather watch my local pub team (come to think of it I play for my local pub team), even though the standard is of a much lower level, occasionally football does actually break out.
GunnerBlood
I think I'll file this one under pointless. If you are going to make an educated projection on the run in, you have to look at more than three games for each team. I read something not long ago, and I'm sure most of you did too, that showed winning the 'Top Four Table' only won the league about half the time. As you say, everybody will take points off of everybody else. Assuming at this stage of the season the big boys will take most of the points off the relegation fodder like Stoke and Spurs, I think the real battle will be determined by how many points we all take off the mid-table teams like Newcastle and Man City.
elbondo
elbondo come on mate put the rose coloured glasses on. A real first positive article go you gunners
alwaysgunner
Elbondo, do you agree that we have done *****ty against the middle table/bottom teams this season? Well in my opinion we really cannot do any worse than we already have against these teams. We will most likely do slightly better than we did and that will see us still stay about even with Aston Villa, Chelsea, or Liverpool, who are equally as likely to slip up against said 'lesser' teams. Average all this out and the games against each other become critical. Like the relegation battle, games against teams in the same situation are regarded as extremely important. Now I see the faults in this and I know there are risks when you try to predict what going to happen in this league, but this is what I see happening and I stated such in my article. Ps. I'm feeling a little lucky tonight. I won a total of just over 600 dollars American betting on the Super Bowl.
gunnerkid107
Wow well done Gkid! :D Just don't bet on Arsenal as we're still pretty unpredictable..!
GoonerLou
GKid you should have shared that info, i lost some money. I thought for sure that they would cover the spread. Dammit.
Youngest in Charge
To be honest, I think 4th place is still do-able, although Villa is a real threat. Chelsea will scrape through against mid-lower half opposition through Anelka's goals, and will finish in the top 4. We are 5 pts behind Villa and we should hope for them to lose against ManU & Pool, while we atleast draw those teams.
prits
Even Villians are worried about the rest of their season schedule. http://www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=25203&start=1
gunnerkid107
 

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