Massive week for Arsenal

Following Arsenal’s defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon questions marks have raised yet again about Arsene Wenger sides ability to get over the finish line. This season has been viewed by many as Arsenal’s best chance of winning the league title with the impending arrival of Pep Guardiola at City and the belief that both Chelsea and Manchester United and Tottenham will be stronger next season.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since the 2003/04 season, meaning if they fail to win the title this season it will be twelve seasons since Wenger saw his side lift the title.

The criticism aimed at the modern day Arsenal team is that they are too soft centre and not able to fight for when needs require. They have some of the best technically gifted players in the Premier League but are they able to perform when backs are against the wall?

Since Arsenal’s last title win they have been a position to challenge for the title going into the final stages of the season on numerous occasions but that challenge has fallen apart when the pressure is on.

Going into the game at Old Trafford on Sunday Arsenal knew that they needed to win and the performance they put up against a weakened Manchester United side was just not good enough. Despite dominating possession against United, Arsenal never looked like taking control of the game. You would expect team that is aiming to win the championship to take a game like this by the scruff of the neck and control it from the first minute to last.

The next four days and two games could be the most important in Arsenal’s season. They currently sit six points behind surprise leaders Leicester City and three points off North-London rivals Tottenham who they face in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

Before that Arsenal welcome Swansea to the Emirates tonight. Some may think that the Swansea game is an easy one for Arsene Wenger and his side but that is far from the truth. Swansea are struggling at the bottom end of the table but have been performing well in recent games. Swansea are a difficult team to break down and took a 1-0 lead against Tottenham on Sunday before eventually succumbing 2-1.

In Wenger’s time at Arsenal they have always held the upper hand over their North-London rivals Tottenham but this season could see times changing between the rivals with Pochettino team looking good to finish above their rivals and the result between the two on Saturday afternoon will have a big say in whether Arsenal can finally win the Premier League title again.

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