Yes Theo, a little bit more
That's what this game is all about. The last game of the season before the boys head off for their holidays and us on the other side of the white line, scour the inter-web in hope that we've signed someone spectacular. One last effort is needed for the boys. Our record since the 2nd week of March stands at 8 wins and 2 draws in all competitions.
I want to fly like a bird.
Just one more to go then.
The last home game of the season ended on a very positive note and any win is a good way to repay the fans for providing the support throughout the entire 10 months. The win left us holding on to 4th spot as the battle for the Champions League goes down to the wire.
Struggling on two separate counts
Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea. No, I'm not singing their song but that's how many times we will keep a look out for the results of their matches before we play our next one. It all became more important after last night's results. Both us and Sp*rs won our respective matches and it keeps up with the intensity of the chase for the last 2 Champions League spots.
Defensive unit working as a team
If you take a look at the goals conceded column in the league table, you will be able to see that we third best in the league in that regard. Only 5 goals separates us from Manchester City, who have the tightest defence in the entire league thus far. Compare that to 2011/12 season in which we had the 8th best defensive record.
The pass and movement that made our goal
It won't be the most opportune of timings to write this match report today. With the amount of news, articles and blogs out there; what has and needed to be said should have already been available. If you're not sick of it yet, appreciate your continuation interest in this piece.
If you remember the corresponding match last season, you will remember the anger and vitriol directed from the home crowd towards Arsene Wenger. I'm going to put my hand up and admit that I was strongly questioning his decision to take off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain too. It was a decision which I still believe, contributed to us getting beat that night.
Hands up if you're guilty
In the end, there was only one Dimitar Berbatov danger that got us worried for a while but otherwise, it was the nature of our performance that left a lot to be desired. A slim solitary goal win was the final outcome and it was the crux of our objective at Craven Cottage yesterday.
I want to show you that I'm this good
A must win game. It's a common saying and in reality, if any team aspires to be a good team, then every game is a must win. It is also a must win game today against Fulham because we want to remain in the Champions League for another season. We have to beat or match the result of our closest challengers and because Chelsea beat Fulham on Wednesday, we must now do the same.
This was our game in hand and a chance for us to increase the gap between us and the other two teams, as well as deal Everton the crushing blow to their dreams of a top four finish. The final result meant that we didn't quite achieve the target that we wanted. However, let's not kid ourselves here.
Gets his chance
Match day. Feels like a long time since we last had to play a midweek match. Everton visits today and this is a big clash because both sides are chasing that elusive Champions League spot. Only 4 points separates us and them, not the safest of margins when there are still 6 matches left to be played.
One decision which had a big impact on the match
We are Arsenal and there's no point in doing things the easy way. We provide all the hallmarks of a great movie despair and fear turned into jubilation when the odds are overcome. Well, maybe not to that cinematic level but somewhere along the lines because that was what happened yesterday against Norwich.
Fit and raring to go
The objective for today is simple. Win our home match and pick up our 5th consecutive wins in all competitions. 9 spots separates us from our opponent for today, in Norwich. However, that doesn't make the task any easier and one look at the Premier League table will explain why that is so.
This piece of news came out yesterday. About Andrey Arshavin (haven't mentioned this name in a long time) mooting the possibility of retiring at the end of the season. My first thought was one of anger and disappointment. How can someone be so easy-going about ending one's career.
Super, super Tom
Yesterday's result meant that we've broken our own record for the season. This was the first time in the 2012/13 season that we've won 4 times in a row. That is inclusive of all matches, domestic and Europe. The "achievement" puts us up into 4th place and only a point behind Sp*rs.
Last remaining scorer from last season's match
Today we return to the scene of our triumph (if you could call it that) last season. Martin Fulop might want to claim all credits but we still have to put shots at him for him to gift us goals. Andre Santos and Yossi Benayoun, 2 of the goalscorers from last season, are no longer with us for one reason or another.