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Arsenal: Mission Implosion

It was doom and gloom on most Manchestser United message boards when we managed to drop 5 points against Spurs and Citeh. Arsenal pulled away and with easy games coming up for them everyone was sure they would hold their advantage until Easter Sunday.

Some people (myself not included, I wasn't sure what to think) held the belief that Arsenal's thin squad will tell and fatigue will set in sooner than later so their customary implosion can begin. They did a very similar thing spectacularly in 2003 and collapsed and disappeared after us ending their 49-game-unbeaten record in 2004. So no matter how often Wenger says that they are mentally strong, the evidence suggest the opposite.

But beware. We must not get carried away even though draws against Birmingham, Villa, Wigan and Boro surpass my wildest dreams and leave Arsenal with the knowledge that their game at Stamford Bridge is now a must win. The thing is, though, that while I think it's unlikely it's nevertheless possible that we will embark on a similar run.

That's why it's absolutely vital to win our next three games, all at Old Trafford. Though overcoming Bolton should not be too difficult, beating Liverpool and Villa is a different matter entirely - and it's quite fortunate that these two, good teams they are, could not beat us to save their lives in the past few seasons.

The most important issue is to put away our chances. We create more than any other side, Arsenal included but are more profligate than any other side, Arsenal included. If we fail, most probably this will be the reason of our downfall. But if we beat Liverpool and Arsenal proceeds to lose at Stamford Bridge then I can't see them ending up as champions despite their fans' permanent claims of them being the Best Ever Footballing Side That Have Graced The Earth.

I very much hope that their slide will continue as we need some breathing space before the Champions League campaign resumes. Of course it depends on Chelsea's performance, too - but that's for another article. And the biggest thing to learn is that everything can change with unexpected swiftness.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 17 2008

Time: 8:31AM

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you have got a few valid points there Zae, but back in 2003, we collapsed in April with around 5 or 6 games left if i'm right. here we still have a few games to go. and then having such a bad experience helps the players in not letting the same thing happen again. and then it all boils down to how badly the players want to win the title. if their desire is really strong then, fatigue doesent really play that much of a part, because their will to win is going to pull them through..
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17/03/2008 09:11:00

and you dropped 5 points in 2 games last month, we have dropped 8 in 4, so not really much of a difference there, it's still in our hands, and if you know our history, yu will know that we too always do things the hard way, (remember anfield 89). and if yu ask me, in the end it all comes down to how desperate Wenger and the players are to win the title. desperate men do desperate things, so if Arsene and his army want this title over anything else at any cost, then they will win it..
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17/03/2008 09:18:00

luckys is right, this isn't the first time Arsenal have dropped points at a vital stage of the season. If they want to win the League, they still can, and it all depends on how much they want to win it. The next few games, for Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea will help decide where the trophy will end up, because at the moment, I don't think anyone is too sure.
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17/03/2008 11:24:00

count how many of there players were there the last time they droppedal points.
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17/03/2008 20:49:00

arsewipes havent been in this situation b4 only gallas has won the league but that was with a proper team
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18/03/2008 19:21:00


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