Games are played across every single day of the week (most of the time) in the Premier League throughout any given season. Teams often can’t control when or where they are going to play on any given week, and that’s just the way it is. However, sometimes, you’re forced to play on a day that is bound to cause some kind of ridicule one way or another. Case in point: in their next game Arsenal will take on Newcastle United, and it will happen on April 1st, 2019.
We love the Arsenal, but..
Yes, April Fool’s Day. So we can expect a series of amusing/utterly unamusing tweets on the day of the game about how things may or may not have gone wrong for Arsenal. Either way, though, this is the kind of encounter that Arsenal should be looking at as a pretty decent fixture. They’re better than the Magpies in pretty much every department, they’re on a good run of form, and they’ve got their sights set on some pretty big things between now and the end of the campaign.
Alas, as much as we don’t want to play into the AFD stereotypes, we’re going to have to. A loss or even a draw in this game should rightly be seen as an anomaly, and that’d be the case regardless of how well or poorly Newcastle are doing in the league. Arsenal should be aiming for a top four and maybe even a top three finish this season, and in addition to that, they’re also one of the favourites to lift the Europa League trophy up high.
The punchline of one big painful joke
If they lose to Newcastle it’ll be put down as an ‘April Fool’s Day’ joke, but it’ll be very, very real. We’re saying a lot of things that sound pretty obvious and we’re well aware of that fact, but it’s just worth remembering that Arsenal are better than a lot of teams give us credit for.
We know it makes more sense to play it down because that’ll make big wins seem more impressive in the long run, but in reality, that exercise just feels like a big old waste of time. There’s a big game in front of us, and attacking it head on seems like the most logical ‘foot forward’ so to speak.
Will Arsenal be able to avoid any of the April Fool’s Day chaos?