Having three games between Monday and Sunday is always going to prove tricky – but when you’re a high level Premier League side playing against some of the very best, it becomes even trickier. That’s the situation Arsenal have had to deal with this week, but thankfully, two of the games have gone pretty smoothly thus far. The Gunners were able to narrowly edge their way past Watford on Monday Night Football, hoisting themselves back into contention in the race for a top four spot.
Then, last night, they beat Napoli to confirm their place in the semi finals of the UEFA Europa League. Sure, neither win was overwhelmingly convincing, but with two clean sheets in a matter of days, it’s kind of hard to complain. Now, it’s time for us to look ahead to the game that is standing between Arsenal and a really, really impressive week.
Crystal Palace are one of those weird teams that can pop up and surprise you with a really nice win one week, and then the next, they could lose to the bottom of the table side. Nobody knows this better than the Gunners themselves, who were shockingly held to a 2-2 draw by the Eagles earlier on this season. Of course, we say shockingly, but a lot of Arsenal supporters will claim that they saw it coming from a mile away.
Three in seven?
Whether you did or you didn’t doesn’t matter, because the bottom line is this: if Arsenal win the game on Sunday, they deserve to receive way, way more recognition than they’re actually going to get. We can say that with some confidence because, let’s be honest, we all know they don’t get a lot of love as it is. They’ve been flying under the radar during Unai Emery’s inaugural season and, in our mind, enough is enough.
Three wins in seven days will confirm that, despite many suggesting they need more strength in depth, Arsenal are a team that are capable of some really impressive things. That’s pretty scary when you consider that Emery is only just getting started at the Emirates, and with last night’s win coming away from home, it seems as if he may be turning a corner with their away form, too.
Forgive us for being excited, folks, but this is a really cool time to be associated with Arsenal Football Club.
Will Arsenal beat Crystal Palace on Sunday?