It is fair to say Saturday was a low point in the season for Arsene Wenger and co. The Frenchman could only watch on as Arsenal were taken apart by a hungry and talented Liverpool team to seemingly leave their title dream in tatters.
Certainly the media believe the Gunners can no longer win the Premier League. Arsenal are now 13/2 with Paddy Power to win the title. However, at the time of this piece being written, Arsenal are just one point behind leaders Chelsea with a game against a struggling Manchester United team to come.
Wednesday’s clash could be huge in the course of Arsenal’s season if they were to win. Anytime you get one over on the reigning champions, even ones as poor as United, is a cause for optimism and will quickly erase the nightmare that was the trip to Anfield.
Anyone who can read a fixture list understood the next 10 days were likely to be vital in the course of Arsenal’s season, with games against Liverpool and Bayern Munich to come after United come to town. Were the Gunners to lose all three matches then perhaps the papers and everyone else would be justified in writing off Arsenal’s season.
There is still a lot of football to be played before then though, and given how many times he has been proven right the motto for every Arsenal fan right now should be ‘In Arsene We Trust’.
Wenger was as angry as he ever has been, according to Mikel Arteta, at half-time at Anfield and will hopefully realise changes are needed for the upcoming fixtures. No doubt the majority of those who underperformed against Liverpool will get a second chance but perhaps the time has come to bring Tomas Rosicky back into the fold.
The Czech has proven to be a big game player in recent campaigns and a chance to impress against the likes of Bayern is surely an opportunity he will relish. Arsenal betting fans simply need to see those types of players, like Rosicky, who are ready to stand up and be counted to step forward in the coming weeks as we enter a vital stage in the season.
Whether this piece is interpreted as clutching at straws or fully justified optimism only time will tell but surely it is too early to be abandoning all hope. Let the Spurs fan have that one for just a while longer at least!