Although I don’t see a draw away to Southampton as dropped points, from an Arsenal perspective in the context of the race for the Premier League title, it has to be seen as 2 dropped points.
At the end of the season it could prove to be a good point, but I suspect that with the fixture list Arsenal have coming up at the back end of February, tonight’s away fixture at Southampton was one of those matches Arsene Wenger may well have ear marked as a ‘must win.’
All this has seen the Gunners drifting in the betting, they are now out to a best price of 9/2 with Bet365 (£200 in Free Bets for new customers) to win the Premier League.
It’s at this stage of the season where the depth of squad really comes into it’s own. Arsenal had no Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey tonight, and although they had fairly adequate replacements, they were missing that little spark and extra bit of quality that turns 1 point into 3.
Ironically, it falls to Tottenham to possibly do Arsenal a favour tomorrow, as Manchester City visit White Hare Lane for their fixture.
Although City’s form on the road has picked up in recent weeks, Spurs must feel they owe City after the abject performance at The Etihad earlier this season, when (under AVB) they conceded 6 without replying. So there is a possibility of City perhaps dropping a couple of points tomorrow.
The same can’t be said of Arsenal’s other chief rival, Chelsea. I can’t see anything stopping them picking up 3 points when they face West Ham United at Stamford Bridge tomorrow…. good luck there Big Sam!
Allardyce is still the favourite in the sack race, but if it’s any sort of consolation, he has drifted. A few weeks back he was as short as 1/5, he is now a massive 3/1 with BetVictor.
Despite having to deny rumours that he was on the verge of quitting Crystal Palace the other day, Tony Pulis is 40/1 to be the next manager to leave his post – suggesting that the stories were completely unfounded.