That all might sound a bit optimistic but finally other clubs at the top are starting to drop points, just like they did last season.
It was around this time last year that we were sitting in a healthy position near the top of the league, and funny enough with exactly the same number of points and we really had a good chance to win the Premier League.
Maybe it was our best chance for a few seasons to win the PL but a string of bore draws both home and away, finished with a couple of home defeats saw our chance blown and we just about scraped in at number four in the end.
Well, this weekends results saw both Manchester sides drop three points, as did Chelsea and the noisy neighbours dropped two points away at Swansea – all four fixtures were ‘stone wall’ victories for the top sides if you had asked anyone before the games.
With the losses, clubs are starting to pick up injuries too, Chelsea have three or four who picked up knocks in their defeat, Scott Parker was reported to be injured for the neighbours and Manchester United have Smalling added to an already long injury list.
Welcome to our world eh?
As theirs arrive though, ours will hopefully soon start to return and with just two or three tweaks in this window, we really could take advantage, however, we need to really step our game up and work a lot harder if we are going to give ourselves a chance. Suddenly we are only three points behind Tottenham and nine points off the top and anything could yet happen, there is a long way to go and we still have to play the current top three at home!
Players like Walcott and Gervinho need to start burying their chances when golden opportunities are presented to them, Arshavin needs to get his head up and start being proud again to be playing for such a prestige club! Song needs to get back to what he was doing just weeks ago and protect the back four and ditch his sloppy passing and Johan Djourou really needs to wake up at right back!
That’s naming just a few but they are the few who can do better, we know that because we have witnessed it, players don’t become poor overnight, but attitudes can and if Theo thinks he is worth £85K a week then it’s about time he showed why and if he thinks he’s a central striker, then the same applies, get on and show why, not keep fluffing his lines.
This title is far from over, nor is it about two teams in Manchester battling it out to win the Premier League, we could still have a big part to play and a huge say in who wins this league in 2012. With the right attitude, the right couple of signings in the next few days, it could actually be ours but only if we step up and play with pride and stop dropping silly points, especially at home!
On to today’s 5.30pm kick off, the last fixture of the festive season busy schedule – we travel just across town against a Fulham side who huffed and puffed and wouldn’t let us break them down just a few weeks ago at The Emirates. Well I hope Arsene Wenger has learned from that game as I am sure Martin Jol will play with similar tactics as he did then so it’s down to us to change ours so we can get the breakthrough and more than just one!
If it’s not working, change it Arsene – don’t just bring on Chamakh and Arshavin at the usual time and hope, it doesn’t work!
A win today will draw us level on points with that lot down the road and just six points off the top and that in itself should be motivation enough, if it’s not then nothing ever will be for some of our players. Win it and win it well, keep building our confidence and carry on creeping up the table quietly!
Whilst teams around us are losing points, we need to make sure that we don’t lose ours…..
No resting Robin either, he can have a sit down after the whistle goes, Fulham will be a tough nut to crack, but crack them we must otherwise we gain nothing from this last weekend….
We left 2011 with a victory, let’s start 2012 with another…..
Have a good day all…..