….With the help of our modern-day fiercest rival and two newly found friends
Seven, and potentially three additional points, are a big, big gap at the start of the season, let alone with just a handful of games to go till the end of the season. It would require a small miracle to overcome the current PL leaders and claim the title, with a large dollop of luck as well as total professionalism by our boys; but there is a justified cause for optimism.
Maureen’s Blues are hanging on and squeezing through games with the smallest of margins at the moment. Arsenal, on the other hand, are flying and look utterly reinvigorated. And there is another team that has found a second wind this season: the modern day biggest foe, Manchester United. And both teams will play the Chavs in their next PL games and can take six points of the self-adoring one and his synchronized divers. This, of course, will not be easy and we can expect Maureen to apply his typically calculated approach of going for a 0-0 or 1-1 draw in both games. His paymaster might not be happy with it but no way will the Portuguese master of self-love run the risk of being embarrassed by either the by him much-loathed Wenger or his former master Van Gaal.
I reckon that IF Van Gaal and Wenger manage to take all six points from the Chavs we will get very, very close to beating them to the title. Yet, even if both teams manage to win, with their game in hand the Chavs will still be four points ahead. So, we need some help to steal those points from the Chavs and for this we need strong characters that are not afraid of Maureen and have the passion to take him on.
I am putting my hope in Wenger’s newly found friends, the impressive and talented Alan Pardew and Antonio Pulis. Pardew already took three glorious points from the West-Londoners when in charge of the Barcodes and his style of football is the perfect antidote to Portuguese catanacio. Can he do it again….. with lady luck smiling on the nation, it might well happen.
Still, that leaves a gap of at least one point and we are running out of games; and Arsenal need to win everything to keep the pressure on, of course. Despite Arsenal being in great form, and the squad being fit and in full competition with each other, this is still a big ask. We are buoyed by recent results but we still need a lot of luck to keep getting three points in all remaining matches.
But who else can take points from the Chavs…. My bet is on Pulis’ West Brom. Pulis and Wenger recently joined forces against the FA’s Dyke’s proposal to make it a lot harder to recruit foreign footballers, and since the Welshman left the much-loathed Orcs at Stoke, the relationship between the two managers appears to have improved. Again, The Baggies know how to play the game against the Chavs, as Pulis has set them up to defend well first and for all. The leaders will need to keep winning so will have to attack which leaves space for West Brom counters, whilst there will also be opportunities from set-pieces.
There are other games in which the Chavs could drop points: Leicester away and Pool at home will not be easy either, and neither will be Sunderland at home for them if they are still in relegation battle at the last game of the season.
If the Mancs take three points from the Chavs this weekend, it will get very exciting indeed. For football it would be great if the teams that have lit up the premier league since the start of this year would battle it out for the title in the penultimate PL game of the season at Old Trafford, with a glorious late winner by Danny Welbeck to bring the cup back to the home of football.