If Arsenal lose today and lose heavily on Wednesday they will be left with only the league to play for, with their confidence in tatters and the fan base in meltdown, baying for the manager’s blood.
At least that is the doomsday scenario that has been put forward by some, including John Cross and Paul Merson among many others.
They may well be right, but why is it restricted to Arsenal? It surely equally applies to City and Chelsea. Ok, they don’t face the Champions of Europe, but still.
Is it that for some strange reason our fans demand more than those of the two free spending oil tankers? Or are we more susceptible to fits of mass depression?
If Liverpool lose, what have they got left? The league? The much derided 4th place trophy? I think this game will be very difficult for us.
We beat them very comfortably in the league at home, but that was a long time ago. We were in much better form and had a certain young Mr Ramsey in the team.
Liverpool will be very confident after the thrashing they dished up to us last week and they are the form team in the country at this moment. Add to that they will play their best eleven and we won’t have anywhere near our best, on top of the obvious that will miss out due to injuries, and there will be quite a bit of rotation given who we play on Wednesday.
All we can hope is that somehow Arsene manages to find a balance in the team that has somewhat deserted us since Aaron began to tire shortly before his injury. I know we have been winning in that time, but it was not against teams in this sort of form.
I would love to write that I’m full of confidence and winning will be a formality, but that would be a lie.
Indeed it is.