Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal can’t afford to let the gap between them and the top four grow any wider, and that the points dropped at West Brom means there’s even greater pressure ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Chelsea.
Last season’s champions visit the Emirates, and fans will be hoping the Gunners can pull of a repeat of last season’s enjoyable 3-0 win.
It’s a task made more difficult by the loss of Sead Kolasinac, who joins Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey on the treatment table, and big doubts over Laurent Koscielny who limped off at the Hawthorns.
Generally though, Arsenal have been better at home than on the road, and three points tomorrow would add some respectability to what has been a difficult period.
“The gap is not big at the moment,” said Wenger. “We know that our home form will be absolutely vital and we just come home from West Brom frustrated because we lost two points. We know it puts us under even more pressure to deliver a big result tomorrow.
“We’ve played Chelsea many times and the results were always tight, apart from at home last year, we beat them 3-0.
“We’ve played them many times and they were always big battles. Chelsea are coming back into good form.
“They’ve been consistent recently so it’s a big challenge for us tomorrow.”
Something similar to what we did against Sp*rs would be lovey, but it’s impossible to look beyond Arsenal as anything other than a Forrest Gump box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.