He will never admit it, but has Arsene Wenger’s stubborn refusal to buy a new (proper) goalkeeper has probably cost them their chance of winning this seasons Premier league title.
Almunia’s mistake on Saturday cost Arsenal 2 vital points, and with those points they would have been in prime position to move into 2nd place next weekend with Man Utd playing Chelsea.
Chelsea’s 12 goals in their last two games have put them in front on the goal difference count, but Man Utd did hit back with 4 of their own yesterday to close the gap.
Spurs have maintained their 4 point lead over Liverpool in the race for 4th place, Spurs also have a game in hand, but the respective run-ins favour Liverpool massively, Spurs have to face Arsenal (H), Chelsea (H) and Man Utd (A) in a two week spell in April.
What happened to Aston Villa yesterday? The Villa Park boo-boys have at last got a real reason to moan after that performance. At least they have a chance to put the record straight in two weeks time in their FA Cup Semi-final against Chelsea.
At the bottom of the table, Hull gave themselves a massive chance of staying up with their 2-0 win over Fulham. Hull and West Ham both lost again. While Burnley are still not totally out of it, it is hard to see where another 3 points are coming from for them.
In West Ham’s case, it looks all doom and gloom at the moment. Zola is considering his position and one of the co-owners is trying to manage the team through the media.
Despite all that I don’t think it is a foregone conclusion that they are going down. Hull are a poor side and I can’t see them picking up more than 6 more points at the most, surely West Ham can match that.
For me Sunderland are safe, while Bolton and Wolves will probably need another 3-4 points each to confirm safety. Wolves look in decent form so that shouldn’t be a problem for them. Bolton need to be careful though, as they have started leaking a lot of goals of late.
Wigan will be hoping to take something out of tomorrows game with Man City, another defeat will have them looking nervously over their shoulder.