Before the Sunderland game, I said we needed to win all of our remaining 12 games to stand any chance to winning the league.
At the start of these 12 games, we were 6 points behind Chelsea and 5 behind Manchester United.
And now? After 3 straight wins in a row we’re amazingly level on points with Chelsea (although they have a game in hand) and only 2 behind Manchester United.
Who would have believed that during February?
At the weekend, Arsenal dominated the game both in terms of possession and chances but couldn’t kill off Burnley. We deservedly went 1-0 up with a well-taken goal from Fabregas but after that struggled to get the second goal.
Nicklas Bendtner in particular was guilty of missing sitter after sitter but strangely, I wasn’t too bothered. Of course, I was concerned but it wasn’t the usual annoyance you’d usually feel towards someone who was wasting so many chances. Mainly because you felt that Arsenal should score another soon and that Bendtner scored that hugely vital goal at Stoke last week.
The fact is we’ve got 12 cup ties and the only thing that matters is the 3 points.
So if there’s a game where you want him to miss chances then it’s against Burnley.
But like several times this season, it looked like we would pay for our profligacy. Burnley scored against the run of play through David Nugent, which is always possible with our defending from set-pieces and on the break.
Fortunately though, after that the impressive Theo Walcott put us back in the lead but it was a nervy last half an hour until Arshavin smashed home a third in injury time.
You can talk about the performance, but all I care about is the 3 points.
Well done Arsenal.