Arsenal’s chance of securing the top four spot on the league table seem to have been given a boost as 5th placed Everton fell to a 2-0 defeat in the hands of Southampton.
Arsenal had in the first half of the season been on a fine run of form, topping the league table for well over 20 games. But there has been a massive turn of events in the second part with the Gunners battling the Toffees’ for the fourth spot on the league table after a series of defeats in the last 12 games seriously denting our title chance and further putting an end to it.
Everton had only recently been tipped to oust Arsenal for the forth place position after thrashing the gunners 3-0 at the Goodison Park some weeks ago – finding themselves advantaged over the gunners after being just one point behind the gunners with a game at hand.
But that hasn’t worked well for the Toffees’ as they have since then lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace and now 2-0 to Southampton this Saturday in an early kick-off leaving them at the fifth position as a win against the saints would have seen them topped the gunners pending the outcome of our game on Monday night at the Emirates against Newcastle United.
Now the road seems clear for Arsenal as we currently top Everton still with a game at hand. And a win for us would extend our lead to four points with barely 2 games left of the season.
Everton met their misfortune very early into the game – going down 1-0 in the first minute of the encounter from an Antolin Alcaraz own goal who put the host in front before Seamus Coleman got his name on the score sheet with another own goal in the 31 minute setting the host 2-0 up.
Now it seems our Champions League hope for next season is almost secured. One would expect the gunners to go all out at the Emirates to get a win to further put an end to the battle for the top four spot.
Next up would be an FA Cup Victory against Hull City on May 17 as we seek to end our 9-year wait for a silverware this season.