Football is full of clichés. For example:
- It’s a game of two halves
- It’s not over till the fat lady sings
- He’s got good feet for a big man
- There are no easy games
- John Terry is history’s greatest monster
- I moved to win trophies, not for money
And many more. But there’s one particular cliché that fits where Arsenal are at this moment in time, and that’s the old classic in which we take it ‘one game at a time’. And we could even throw in a half-measure of ‘each game is a cup final’ too, if we really wanted.
We sit in fourth at the moment but the competition for the top four is fierce and after so many slip-ups this season we have little or no margin for error, something Arsene Wenger is well aware of.
“It is so fragile that it is just down to the next performance. Therefore that is what you want to focus on,” he said.
“We had a little bit of a breather because we could come out of the Newcastle game and not play for nine days basically so it is important for us to focus again and keep the momentum going.”
And the boss knows that this run is so crucial to Arsenal’s chances of Champions League football next season and all that it would entail with regard to our summer business.
“It is a key time. The fixtures are difficult for Arsenal, for Chelsea, for Tottenham. It will be about who does the best and who does the best will be the team who focuses on the next game, on the next result and on the next quality of the game.
“That is what we want to do of course, just focus on our next game and try to do as well as we can.”
Hopefully Arsenal can a goal early doors, get Everton on the back foot and that none of our players are on the end of a typical forward’s tackle.