Weekend recap: Arsenal blow it, Chelsea snatch vital draw as Spurs get Hammered
We missed last week’s weekend recap but we’re back to review the top six’s weekend. Here, we’ll have a look at Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham…
We missed last week’s weekend recap, unfortunately, but we’re back to review the top six’s weekend. Here, we’ll have a look at Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham…
Arsenal suffered another away day defeat on Sunday when Leicester beat them 3-0 at the King Power. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off in the first half for two yellow cards – both were very harsh and they’ll feel they were hard done by. Youri Tielemans opened the scoring after 59 minutes before Jamie Vardy scored twice late on when Arsenal were chasing the game.
It’s come to the stage where Arsenal are just expected to lose away from home now, which is very worrying. They’re so, so poor away from the Emirates, as they have been for a couple of seasons now. How Unai Emery fixes their issues is anybody’s guess, but the fix is likely to come through the transfer market. Qualifying for the Champions League next season will help his cause during the summer, as more money will be available to him. But they’re doing their very best to mess up their chances.
Arsenal were in a great position in the league and even had the chance to go ahead of Tottenham and move into third just last week. But three losses on the spin – against Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester – has likely ended their top four hopes. Winning the Europa League seems the most likely way of qualifying for the Champions League now, but with the way they’re playing, they look like they may mess that up too.
Arsenal host Valencia on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. Emery needs a reaction, but will his players be strong enough mentally to provide one? Arsenal are the 1/3 favourites to win the game but given their poor form right now, you should take advantage of betting promo codes to try and secure a free bet or lucrative welcome bonus before parting with any of your hard earned money.
Chelsea got a huge result against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday when they drew 1-1. Juan Mata opened the scoring after 11 minutes, but Marcos Alonso equalised just after half-time; capitalising on another shocking mistake from David de Gea. The Blues now look like they’ll pull off a top-four finish, which seemed highly unlikely not long ago. They’re fourth in the table: two points ahead of Arsenal and three ahead of Man United. It was a great draw for them.
Maurizio Sarri has turned things around a bit at Chelsea. There will now be more confidence in him from the club and the fans. He just needs his players to finish the job for him, but they’ve two tricky fixtures in the Premier League. They host Watford next Sunday before travelling to Leicester on the final day. Eintracht Frankfurt also await in the Europa League semi-finals, with the first leg in Germany on Thursday. If Chelsea finish the season strongly and finish in the top four, while also possibly winning the Europa League, it’ll be seen as a huge achievement for the club. Not so long ago they seemed in turmoil, but they’ve turned it around. Sarri and the team should be praised if they finish the job and end the season on a high.
Tottenham suffered their first loss at their new stadium on Saturday when West Ham caused an upset and won 1-0. Michail Antonio scored the winner with just over 20 minutes to play. Tottenham remain third, though, and are in pole position to finish there. A top-four place looks certain now, barring a disaster. Spurs are four points clear of rivals Arsenal with just two games remaining. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been quite fortunate to remain in the top four. They haven’t been doing it lately, but either have the teams that are supposed to be chasing them.
Tottenham have the biggest game of their recent history coming up on Tuesday when they host Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. It’s an absolutely massive game, and Spurs will be hopeful they can get a positive result to take to Amsterdam for the second leg a week later. The Champions League final is in their sights now, but they’ll have to be excellent against a really impressive Ajax side. Whatever happens in their next few games, they’ve had an incredible season, especially when you consider their lack of signings in the summer.
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