Wenger wanted a non-Premiership team, I wanted a non-Premiership team, but it was not to be, with Arsenal drawing Liverpool in this lunchtime’s draw, leaving the clubs playing each other three times in a week at the start of April, bringing back memories of last season’s back to back cup ties with the same opposition.
All of this means that after this weekend, our fixtures looks like this: Chelsea (a), Bolton (a), Liverpool (h), Liverpool (h), Liverpool (a), United (a). And all squeezed into twenty days. Talk about make or break.
If we get past Liverpool, you can almost certainly stick a couple more Chelsea fixtures on the end of that list, after they got their predictable soft draw of Fenerbahce. But we can’t look that far yet – Liverpool may be miles behind in the league, but they haven’t been close to Chelsea in a few seasons and still manage to consistently dump them out of Europe. With Torres in ridiculously good form, it could be a cracker.
Some people are dreading this run of matches. Not me. This time last season we were out of Europe, and without any motivation for the rest of the league campaign. This time, so much hinges on every one of these titanic battles, and it’s the same for our rivals, with everyone at the top still due to play everyone else.
Let’s get Boro out of the way tomorrow, have a week off, and then go at this with everything. April should be fun.