Matchweek 23 Foreshadowing Arsenal Breakdown?
Jan 31, 2014 8:20 PM EST
The mid week action in the English Premiere League has definitely left us with much to talk about. We not only had plenty of attractive games, we now also have a new leader sitting at the top of the table. Manchester City was more than capable to capitalize on Arsenal’s stumble with Southampton, as the Citizens aggressively dominated Tottenham at White Hart Lane with a final 1-5 victory.
Other matches include an exiting game between Aston Villa and West Brom, a mediocre draw between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge, the Meryside derby between Liverpool and Everton, and of course who can forget the debut of Juan Mata for Manchester United.
While all these games have made plenty of noise in the tabloids, it seems many are overlooking the seriousness of Arsenal slipping this week and losing that first place spot at the table that they had managed to keep for more than half of the season. With the incorporation of Mesut Özil this season, everything was looking great. This one major signing had seemed to be exactly what the Gunners were missing, and many were naming them favorites for the title this season.
This week has left Arsenal second place, just one point behind Manchester City, and with a good amount of games left to be played this season, Arsenal are still considered strong contenders for the title this year. However, Arsenal fans might start to panic the next couple of months, as February and March include some very difficult fixtures. Within the next couple of months, the Gunners will be playing against Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, and both Manchester clubs. That is just in the domestic league, this does not include the mouthwatering cup-tie against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, which will resume next month.
It is clear that to be the best, you have to beat the best. Can Arsenal rise to this occasion? The next couple months are crucial, and will either make or break Arsenal’s aspiration of once again being champions in England. A feat they have not accomplished since the 2003-04 campaign, exactly ten years ago.