Next Three Fixtures Will Shape the Destiny of Arsenal
Arsenal need to start to score, once we remember what to do with the ball and stop trying to over-elaborate we can turn our 0-0s into 1-0 or 2-0 wins. This needs to start with tomorrow’s visit to bottom of the table WBA. A victory at the Hawthorns will temporarily close the gap on Villa to three points. Our form of recent weeks has been nothing to write home, but Tuesday night is a massive night that will decide not only what happens this season, but also what direction Arsenal Football Club takes in the future. Villa travel to Manchester City the following night, Man City have a terrible away record, but are a hard outfit to beat at home. Aston Villa have hit a bad patch recently, losing to Chelsea and drawing with Stoke City, both at home, whilst they have been knocked out of the UEFA Cup and FA Cup.
Our next league game sees us facing Blackburn Rovers at home. They will not come and surrender, we will have to fight for every ball in that game. By the Blackburn game Walcott, Eduardo and Adebayor will be a back, whilst our captain Fabregas will be close to first team football. We play Blackburn on 14 March, whilst our enemy, Tottenham, visit Villa Park the next day. Spurs will be fighting for survival, it will be hard, but most fans will be urging Spurs to take points from Aston Villa that day.
Our next appointment with destiny sees us visit St James’ Park. Newcastle is a team in disarray, never has there been an opportunity to visit the northeast and claim all three points. Nothing else will do. Once again, Aston Villa play the following day, this time they visit Anfield.
To stand a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season we need to win all three games, we play before Villa on all three occasions, taking three points every time will add pressure on Villa, only then will we see if they have character to withstand that pressure and come through unscathed. No game is easy in the Premier League, but the next three fixtures give me cause for optimism that Villa will drop enough points for us to be ahead of them by the end of March.