The biggest game of the weekend in the Premier League sees Arsenal play Everton away at Goodison Park. It is a big game that will have big implications on just who will get the final top four Champions League place for next season. Although, this is not exactly the kind of big game Arsenal and their fans envisaged they would be competing in at this point — they were initially hoping for something a little more prestigious.
This what they are left with though. Out of the running for the Premier League, they are now left to sweat it out over fourth place instead, although it’s a position they are familiar with, of course. And as disappointing as it all is, they have to pick themselves up and win this game, or at the very worst, not lose it.
If Everton win the game, they will be only one point behind Arsenal and they will have a game in hand too. If Arsenal win the game though, they will be seven points ahead, although Everton will still have their game in hand obviously. It’s a pretty big swing, depending on who wins the game.
Arsenal must not lose. If they do, the momentum will be with Everton and they will be in serious trouble in the run-in trying to keep hold of their current position. A draw wouldn’t be too bad for Arsenal, in a way; it would certainly be more beneficial than a loss would be. But to really make an impression, and to end this fight here and now, only a win will do.
Arsenal are capable of it, but that is something we say all too often when it comes to Arsenal. Everybody knows their record in big games, when the pressure is on, is not great. It’s just not Arsenal’s forte, and this game is clearly not the big game they had in mind a couple of months back. But rest assured, it is a big game and for Arsenal, to finally secure fourth place, it’s one they must win.