Today Arsenal face Bournemouth looking to make it 3 wins in the last 3 games.
No game in the Premier League is easy, but anything less than 3 points will be a blow for the top 4 hopes.
It is a close fight for 4th place, with 3 points separating Arsenal in 4th and Chelsea in 6th. The key tonight is that Tottenham are at Chelsea.
If Spurs lose (and Arsenal win) Tottenham are dragged back towards the chasing pack – there could be just 5 points separating 3rd and 5th. If they win, it would could take Arsenal and Manchester United away from Chelsea and turn it into a two-horse race.
With Arsenal set to face Tottenham (away) and Manchester United (home) in the next two weeks, 3 points tonight as key – as you would be very surprised if we got 6 points from the next 2.
After Manchester United in a weeks time, there are 8 games to go, and Arsenal have a relatively comfortable run in – with Everton and Leicester away being our only tricky fixtures.
Victory tonight puts us on the tail of Tottenham and could result in us finishing ahead of them in 3rd place.
Moving on, Brendan Rodgers has joined Leicester City, and this could play out well for Arsenal’s chase for a new left back.
With Nacho Monreal coming to the end of his contract – and the rumours of him getting a 1-year extension dying down – Arsenal will certainly move in the summer for competition for Saed Kolasinac.
Kieran Tierney has been a long term target for some time.
Just 21-years-old, the Scottish youngster has remained loyal to Celtic in recent years, but Rodgers leaving could open the flood gates for those players who were loyal to the manager. Tierney will be one of those expected to leave in the summer.
Arsenal should be in for him.
One stumbling block could be that Rodgers wants to take him to Leicester City; but this could open another door.
If Tierney joins Leicester, they might cash in on Ben Chilwell to finance the transfer.
If either Chilwell or Tierney are available this summer, Arsenal need to move for one of them. It will be the left hand side of the defence sorted for a decade.
Enjoy the game tonight. Back the team.