I have seen some say tonight is a “free hit”.
We are sitting in 4th place and the game against Liverpool is one of our 3 games in hand.
Due to our recent fantastic form – 8 wins in 10 games – Liverpool is no longer a “must win”.
We are in 4th place with 3 games in hand over Manchester United. Even if we lost all 3 games, we would still be ahead of them.
The same goes for West Ham and Wolves.
Tottenham can only draw level on points with us if we fail to get a single point from the 3 games.
That tonight is our second of three games in six days; and comfortably the toughest of the trio.
I have seen some say we should make wholesale changes to keep the important players fresh for Aston Villa on Saturday.
Villa is more winnable than Liverpool. So we sacrifice Wednesday’s game. Resting the likes of Bukayo Saka, Alex Lacazette, Martin Odergaard and Thomas Partey; Leaving them fresh for Saturday?
It is all a load of rubbish really.
We should be looking to win every game we play. We are The Arsenal.
The team showed against Manchester City that we can compete against the top 2. There is no reason we can not get something out of tonight’s game.
Likewise, resting does not guarantee a victory against Aston Villa.
We could sacrifice tonight and end up dropping points at the weekend as well.
Arsenal are the most inform team in the league. 8 wins from the last 10 games. We need to keep this run going. Keep building the momentum.
We have some tricky games coming away – away to Crystal Palace, Southampton, Villa and Newcastle.
These are not games we should be going into expecting a win. That will be naïve of us. Therefore we need to still try to win against Liverpool. And against Tottenham and Chelsea.
Any point we can take in those 3 games in hand is one less point we would need in another tricky game.
So lets go into it positive. Backing the team to win. And get rid of any thought that tonight is a free hit or a game we could throw away.