I think I speak for all Arsenal fans when I say this: it’s been a LONG time since Patrick Vieira’s “Invincibles” lifted the Premier League title back in 2004. Arsene Wenger has been a great servant to the club but if he cannot deliver us a Premier League crown this season, it’s hard to see him ever winning the English title again. Here’s why it’s boom or bust for Wenger and Arsenal this season.
At the time of writing, Arsenal are in a strong position and Coral price them at 9/4 – exactly the same odds as current league leaders Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri’s men have been phenomenal for the majority of the campaign but the Gunners can seriously hinder their title chances this weekend. By the same token, Leicester can make a huge stride towards the crown with a victory at the Emirates.
Let’s face it, it’s now a four-horse race for the title. Diego Costa’s late equaliser for Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday all but ended the Red Devils’ thin titles hopes. With Leicester in the driving seat, can they hold their nerve? However an Arsenal victory this weekend would see the title race swing back in our favour.
Last weekend was a pivotal weekend in the season. Leicester earned a crucial 3-1 victory at Manchester City to land a devastating blow to Manuel Pellegrini’s men. If we weren’t taking the Foxes seriously before, we certainly are now. Leicester ARE title contenders and they stand a great chance of going all the way and winning their maiden Premier League crown… unless we stop them.
The title race doesn’t hinge on the result of this weekend’s game – that much is obvious. However, the Gunners will stand a much better chance if they can secure a huge victory in front of their home fans. Arsenal will be very wary of Leicester’s threat on the break but Wenger is a master tactician and the Frenchman will have a tailored game plan to combat that. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Arsenal man-mark both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez during Sunday’s clash.
Will we have another opportunity like this to win the title? Probably not. Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are all out of contention, City are about to get Pep Guardiola and could dominate English football for years to come and well, Spurs are Spurs. Wenger cannot afford to pass up this opportunity to seize the initiative – if the Frenchman cannot win the Premier League this season, his Arsenal career may well come to an end. In an ideal world however, Wenger will lead us to the title and retire with his legacy intact.