16 games; 48 points.
That is what is left in the 2019/20.
Every year each season seems to go quicker. Just as you are thinking the season is getting going, you are already into the business end, the closing stages.
It has been a tough one for Arsenal. A season that has never really got going. 6 wins from 22 games. I have never known it so bad.
But our road to redemption has started under Mikel Arteta, albeit slowly.
4 games played, 1 win, 2 draws, 1 defeat.
That one defeat came at home to Chelsea when Arsenal were the better team, ran out of steam and were on the negative end of a poor referring decision at 1-0 up.
Whilst the wins might not have came from Arteta’s opening games, there is plenty of room for optimism.
Arsenal have become harder to break down, players are showing a greater desire to win the ball back, and it is only a matter of time until the train is back on the right tracks.
A Champions League spot is still not out of the question. Those above us – Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham – have not exactly opened up a huge gap in our time of crisis. Like Arsenal, they are just as likely to not win for 3 or 4 games as they are to win 3 or 4 in a row.
The next 5 games are key for Arsenal, starting today with Sheffield United.
If we are to maintain our dreams of getting back into the Champions League and a return of the £75million revenue that we are missing, we have to beat the likes of Sheffield United at home.
Sheffield United have been fantastic this season.
Chris Wilder has got his team working hard for each other. Organised, not conceding many. Real workman like with no ego, no superstar individuals. They have already beaten Arsenal once this season.
But they are a team Arsenal should beat if they want to show they have improved under Arteta.
Looking beyond Sheffield United, it is then a trip to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. This is a 6 pointer.
Had Arsenal held on to the 1-0 lead, we would only be 5 points off of 4th place. We lost and we are 11 points adrift. A 14 point gap with 14 games to go will probably be too much.
Victory for Arsenal would see the gap reduce to single figures.
Following hosting Arsenal, Chelsea face a tricky run of Leicester City (A), Man U (H) & Tottenham (H). Arsenal’s games are Burnley (A), Newcastle (H) and Everton (H).
The next 5 games could see a 7 or 8 point swing towards Arsenal and put us straight back into the race for the top 4. And it all starts today with a victory over Sheffield United.