Is Arsenal’s London derby against Tottenham next weekend the Gunners’ last chance to salvage any hope of having a positive Premier League campaign?
Arsene Wenger’s men fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last Sunday as the league leaders continued their outstanding run.
The loss means the Gunners are now 12 points short of City at the top, with their title ambitions in tatters already. Pep Guardiola’s men are on another level at the moment and losing to them is no embarrassment, but Arsenal needed to claim all three points as they fell further off the pace.
It was claimed by many that their game with City was their last chance to maintain their title challenge despite there being a huge portion of the season still to play.
Their game with Tottenham is also being tipped as one that they simply must win if they are to stay in the hunt for a top-four place.
Of course, there are still a huge amount of points to win, but such is the competitiveness of the top six sides along with the inconsistency of Arsenal, that many believe that they will be unable to overturn a deficit on their opponents.
Right now, Arsenal sit in sixth place with 19 points, level with Liverpool. They are three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind Tottenham and Manchester United.
A loss to Tottenham on Saturday would see the Gunners fall seven points behind Spurs, and they be staring at an ever-widening gap between themselves and teams that look far more likely to remain consistent across the season.
While the fans will remain hopeful that Arsenal can change their inconsistent ways, on their current form, they cannot afford to lose their game against Tottenham.