Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Back in September at the start of the season, these two London heavyweights fought it out at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal coming out on top thanks to three first-half goals; it was their first win in ten attempts against their West London rivals.
At the time it left the top of the Premiership looking like this:
It left Chelsea eight points behind the leaders, Manchester City.
But then Conte had his Eureka! moment: He moved to three at the back and off they went on a 13-game winning spree where they now sit top of the Premier League, a clear nine points ahead of the Gunners.
If Arsenal lose this one they can kiss goodbye to their title challenge and you can guarantee the “Wenger OUT!” banners will re-appear. Zzzzzzz.
Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea
Who’d have thought Chelsea’s top scorer would miss the penalty that would have snatched another three points for the travelling London side.
Costa went to ground in the 76th minute, stood up, brushed himself off then promptly missed the spot kick as Liverpool keeper Mignolet made a fine save, with the British Press saying it was the save that kept the Premiership alive.
It’s a champion side that drives out of Anfield with a point despite missing a late penalty and not playing particularly well, but that’s what this formidable team have done.
To top a good result they then found out that Watford had beaten Arsenal and Spurs could not dispatch of Sunderland, so rather than two points lost in their title challenge it became a point won.
Arsenal 1 – 2 Watford
Oh, Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal. What have you done?
You can kiss your title challenge goodbye if you lose to Chelsea on Saturday after this shock home defeat.
Poor old Gooners could be goners.
Haven’t won the title since 2003/04 and not likely to this season either.
Punters worldwide were aghast when their sports multis were ruined after tipping an Arsenal win ($1.17) against Watford ($13) who had not beaten the Gunners in the top flight since 1988.
INXS released KICK in 1988 – the last time Watford beat Arsenal
Throw into the mix the fact the North Londoners have to travel up to Anfield and across to White Hart Lane before the season closes and it just doesn’t seem feasible.
Watford had just been humiliated by League One side Millwall in the FA Cup and had not won an EPL game for seven matches before travelling to the Emirates Stadium.
Walter Mazzarri had a game plan, and his Hornets stuck it to Arsenal, gaining their first away win since beating Middlesbrough in October.
So, Arsenal fans. It’s only a tube trip to Chelsea this Saturday. Lucky it’s not a long journey home. . .
Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Bird’s eye view of the Gooners in the Away end at Chelsea
After this game, Chelsea has only two tough games left when they face Manchester City (H) and Manchester United (A) in April, so it’s pretty hard to see where the wannabees are going to pick up points to chase them down.
This time last season we were saying about Leicester: They can’t can they? They can’t win this, surely?
And they did. And it will be the same for Chelsea.
Arsenal goes into this game knowing they have to win, then they will have to keep winning (including those two difficult away games we spoke of earlier) and hope, no, pray, the likes of Swansea, Hull, Sunderland et al. nick some points off the Blues.
Not a chance, Arsenal. Sorry.
Chelsea 3-1 @ $29