Monday, 3 February 2014


Yes we have to play Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, but hold up a minute: they've got to play us! Manchester City are gaining all the plaudits and in terms of goal scoring, yes, they are performing splendidly, but we need to look at the fixture against them as a chance to put a massive dent in their seemingly inexorable rise to the top. Chelsea, with whom we drew earlier in the season, are certainly ready for a psychological blow of a home defeat, why can't we be the team that delivers it? We beat Liverpool rather comfortably at the Emirates and should have no fear of a trip to Anfield. Arsenal v Manchester United still retains an intensity and with this game at home we should feel that we can add to their woes.

Who knows what tonight's result will be in the City Chelsea fixture, but one things for sure: gaps will be closed.
One thing I've always believed in is that you have to play all comers if you want to win anything and the thing of it is that  looking at games as an oppotunity to strike a decisive blow against your competitors (the classic 6 pointer) is a far better approach than bemoaning tough fixtures: being tough is what competition is all about surely.

We must look forward to these fixtures with anticipation and not dread, opportunities not obstacles.

Bring it on I say, bring it on!

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