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Norwich Put Arsenal In The Driving Seat

Norwich Put Arsenal In The Driving Seat

After the rather disappointing loss to QPR at Loftus Road last Saturday the feeling in the Gooner camp was that the race for 3rd place (and possibly 4th) was well and truly going down to the wire.

That still may be the case, but the events of Easter weekend have left us feeling a whole lot more comfortable, and it would have been more comfortable still had the linesmen at Stamford Bridge been anything approaching competent.

After a mundane 0-0 draw with Sunderland at the weekend, 'Arry`s Army followed it up with a sensational 2-1 reverse at home to Norwich earlier today (I saw via Twitter that Norwich had acquired more points in 2012 than Spurs and in fewer games) as their stunning collapse continues. At 2-0 up at our place in the recent North London Derby Tottenham sat a lofty 13 points above us. Fast forward a few weeks and we find ourselves in the rather agreeable position of being able to move 5 points clear of them should we beat Wolves on Wednesday.

Whilst Tottenham`s latest set back does put us in the driving seat and on course for one of the most hilarious St Totteringham`s days in recent history, now is not the time for complacency. Our intensity is critical

Indeed we only need to look to our neighbours to see where cockiness and premature celebration gets you. For the next six games we need complete and total focus. It`s imperative that we do not take our foot off the gas and keep this momentum going.

One criticism that could be fairly aimed at us in recent years would be our tendency to get ourselves in good positions and then take it for granted, and that thought process ultimately ends in humiliation.

After our hideous start to the season it`s taken a gargantuan effort to ensure we have Champions League football for another season, and to waste that effort now would be almost criminal.

So here`s hoping Wenger and the boys go for the jugular on Wednesday at Wolves, we need to be ruthless, unmerciful and deadly, and we need to play that way till the end of the season.

Automatic qualification could be vital in sorting out quick business in the summer and preparing ourselves for a genuine assault on the title next season.

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Date:Monday April 9 2012
Time: 6:18PM


3 points on Wednesday and we have daylight between us and the chasing pack. A win is an absalut must and we cannot afford any slip ups.
09/04/2012 18:52:00
Absolutely no room for complacency
09/04/2012 18:59:00
Well said Rocky. Forget about the 8 wins in 9. Focus on the 1 loss at QPR. These end of season games against teams at the bottom (especially away) are ANYTHING BUT STRAIGHTFORWARD. Keep up the focus, intensity and will to win every ball. No matter Wolves's agonies and Terry Connor's plight- we have to be RUTHLESS on Wednesday. We MUST try to stretch away now. Lady Luck is back with Chelski and Newcastle's form frankly unbelievable. Keep working hard and forget about what's going on behind.
09/04/2012 18:59:00
I'm nervous as things could still change, the game against Chelsea is critical. Every game is crucial, and the QPR game has taught us that there are no easy 3 pts, even against WBA. Stoke is also going to be a tough game, so it is nowhere close to being over.
09/04/2012 20:04:00
Besides, we play Norwich too... Its up for grabs now..
09/04/2012 20:05:00
It is by no means over. But what we've got is momentum and lessons learnt (hopefully) from the QPR game. I don't see us dropping points against those we are expected to beat; certainly not Chelsea, whom we beat at SB, by the way. Now City has been beaten, I find our fans almost suggesting we beat a weak City side. Well, I am not sure who else this team needs to beat (Man U, perhaps; that will happen next season) to show that it has grown and can handle the pressure better, these days. City met a better Arsenal side and couldn't handle it and neither will the chavs from West London.
09/04/2012 20:15:00
There's definatel a belief in this team right now, a belief from the players that has spread to the fans. I also think this team has shown Arsene Wenger that experienced players are essential to success. Mikel Arteta has been wonderful since he joined, even better than he was at Everton. Many described him as the poor man's Fabregas, and whilst he isn't up to Cesc's standards technically, his experience, maturity and professionalism has been vital to us.
09/04/2012 20:48:00
I'll happily swap 6 mi for Clint Dempsey. get in.
09/04/2012 21:44:00
The man just knows how to get vital goals. Fulham 1-1 chelsea.
09/04/2012 21:57:00
What a weekend! Excellent. I still kinda feel ripped off by the Chelsea - Wigan game. I want to feel happy for Newcastle, but after what that bell end Pardew said about our CL team in 2006 it's a it of a struggle.
09/04/2012 22:04:00
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