No wonder some very ecstatic fans made some distance calls to me even wanting for “doe to clean “immediately. Such desperation cannot be rivalled but it also underlines how exasperated some fans have been to be in that position for that long. And now they would bask on the luxury of the International break in 5th place and heap more misery on Wenger and his guns. ManU even without their big boys had too much for managerless Boro who are now firm relegation contenders after that loss.
On the other hand, Arsenal are not managerless but clearly the contract wrangling with Poppay and some other players is clearly affecting the team. The hangover from the Bayern mauling does not hold ground because they sort of put that to bed last week but the kind of showing against a West Brom outfit left more eyebrows raised even before POD decided to close shop at the business end of season. Everyone is feeling the heat at Arsenal. The girls have finally left Festus Sowah to go looking for other sparring partners, “kanda wam kanda col” is no longer a solace. It is safe to say they are in a crisis and after the international break, they welcome City to the Emirates. It can’t get any worse than that from a gunners point of view. But City aren’t in heaven either. I can’t remember the last time they beat a top 6 side. Their latest encounter with LiverHood in the late Sunday kick-off emphasises that claim. In a game marred by missed chances more than anything left both set of fans wondering how on earth the points were shared. Lanana, Aguero, $terling, Silva and Fernandino were as guilty as sin. But that doesn’t tell the whole story because it was a cracking game to watch even from watching the replay due to a combination of football superstition and jet-laggardness. The former was a bigger factor than the latter considering my hotel room was equipped with SS3 channel. Recent results have gone Liverpool’s way when I’m not watching so why torture yourself when sleep can be a virtue rather than an anti-depressant.
So the battle for the top 3 spot seems to be more interesting than chasing for the title because as it is Chelsea are running away with it week by week. Even with Spurs winning against a Southampton side without their injured talisman in Kane, the manner in which Chelsea overcame a stubborn Stoke City side on Saturday demonstrates the hallmark of champions. Spurs may have won and deservedly so, but they can’t catch Chelsea except Costa, Hazard and Kante all return from International break in Jack wheelchairs.
I said last week that Everton were closing in on the top 6 and after another resounding win on Saturday against 10-man Hull City, the league can’t be any tighter than a Levis outfit. The last time The Toffees were on a roll, it was Liverpool who stopped them and a repeat of that at the resumption of the EPL in a fortnight we leave the kop faithful satisfied of the double over the “enemy”.
As we break from club footie, playtime is over for the Mancs whilst Arsenal has just begun. I knew you have to be consistent to win the league but Arsenal’s consistency deserves plaudits..check their position at the end of the month since November...2016 - March 2017 - that makes them the right candidate to replace ManU, abi?