Another defeat to Chelsea in similar fashion has put an end to Arsenal’s stay at the top of the table for four weeks. For many pundits this year is Arsenal’s best chance to win the league since 2004, but looking back it’s the story of a similar slips seen in past few years.
At the Emirates stadium on Sunday, a familiar nemesis came to haunt the Gunners once again in the form of Diego Costa. He got Per Mertesacker sent off and in a space of few minutes scored the only goal of the match to dismantle Arsenal from the top of the Premier League.
In the minds of most of the neutral fans a win for Arsenal was never on the cards. Even when Chelsea looked like a side all over the place in recent weeks, this match was tipped as the best chance for Blues to bounce back from their long slumber and they happily accepted it at the expense of a costly mistakes from the Arsenal defender.
Arsene Wenger’s side looked completely in control of affairs at Emirates until the red card. But since then there was only one winner. The score line would have been much more embarrassing if the Blues were able to take their chances well.
A win would have been a hard ask against a team they haven’t scored in last five outings, but this is also the time for reality check on Arsenal’s title chance this season.
Overall Form : 8 Points from Possible 18
If this is the best chance to win the title, they had already rued it. A promising start to the season is all over the place and the results in past few matches show why Arsenal is in a similar slip to those in previous seasons.
In the last 6 matches, Arsenal have only two wins to their name and only managed 8 points out of possible 18. And the recent defeat against Chelsea left them with no wins in last three matches.
Arsenal’s Terrible Away Form : 6 Points from Possible 18
And the recent away from has been even worse and could be a big worry for Wenger going forward. Just one win out of last six away games with three draws and two defeats reflects a poor 6 points from possible 18.
They still have to play Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City away from home. And dropping points in these matches will have a direct effect on their position at the end of the season.
But, we may not have to wait that long to find out how the season shape out for Arsenal as they are to play Leicester at home and Man United away in February.
Competition Too Tight at the Top Half
Now that Leicester City have no plans to give up and Manchester City constantly knocking on their door, Arsenal’s chance of winning the title are pretty slim.
And do not rule out Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, who are very much in for a challenge to see themselves finish anywhere inside the top four this season.
The return of Alexis Sanchez and news of Danny Welbeck and Coquelin returning to full fitness could help them finish the season strongly.
But just like previous seasons Arsenal are en route to finish at their favorite fourth place in the table if they don’t get this right soon enough.