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.