Despite dropping down to 10th at the weekend, 10th is almost certainly as low as we’re going to finish.
If that’s how it plays out, it will still have been a tremendous season.
But that best of the rest crown is still there for the taking and that should remain the objective.
Based on what we’ve this season, Arsenal at home looks a good fixture but I don’t think they’re quite as soft-centered as they were under Wenger.
Added to that, they really need the result, which adds a frisson of excitement to proceedings.
Serene progress to the Europa League semi-final has come at a time when the Gunners’ league form has wobbled.
Two defeats in their last three have damaged aspirations of a top-four finish, but with fellow contenders dropping points, it’s still in their own hands.
This is their game in hand on Chelsea and with Man Utd taking on City at the same time, there’s every chance a win would give them some breathing room and prove decisive come May.
There are goals in this Arsenal side and 40 of them this season have come from Aubameyang and Lacazette, both of whom are well-rounded players who link the play as well as they finish things off.
Question marks remain about their ability to keep the back door shut though, a weakness which was again exploited by Palace at the weekend.
They also looked vulnerable in the reverse fixture at the Emirates in a game Wolves should have won.
The away end
Some posts lifted from the match thread on Arsenal Mania:
This was the one I thought we’d slip up in. Not confident at all. I don’t want to see that clown Mustafi anywhere near the line-up. I’m also sick of Kola as well but we don’t have any other option if he’s going with a back three. Xhaka will be back and although I’m a big critic of him he’s crucial to our midfield. Lose this and I reckon we’ll go on to lose at Leicester as well. Doom and ****ing gloom here.
1-1.They were very good against top 6 sides and have players who can make difference.
The only hope for a positive result in their tough ground is that Wolves seems to be deflated after their loss at FA Cup semi. But, there’s no way we will go there an smash them out of the park. Our away form is truly horrible. It will either be a game similar to our Everton loss where we completely crumble to Wolves intense pressing, or we might get lucky as in Watford.
No chance in hell we win this. 2-0 Wolves.
Massive game now. We could afford to lose had we done our job vs Palace. Now the lads that let us down need to step up.
I’d make two changes to the team we saw against Brighton.
Whereas Brighton came to defend for the whole 90 minutes, Arsenal will be rather more adventurous so Dendoncker for Gibbs-White makes sense.
I would also give Jonny the hook after a below par performance. Vinagre is really pushing hard for game time and I’d give him a chance tomorrow.
If we can stop them from playing I really fancy our front two to give their defenders a tough time and as always, getting Jota into the game is key.
Well done to Croydon in Chisinau, Val Hever and PeteRobbo who all correctly predicted the scoreline against Brighton.
None of those in the title hunt made headway, so it’s as you were at the top of the overall table.
As always, if you’d like to join in, simply leave your prediction in the comment section below, which is where you’ll find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!