Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Can Everton Win Inspire Arsenal's Title Tilt

The importance to Arsenal of Laurent Koscielny late header was clearly expressed in the emotions of the entire team as they piled on top of the French center-back in celebration. If Arsenal go on to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy this May than Arsenal's  hard fought 2-1 win over Everton  will surely go down as one of the turning points of what has already proved to be one of the most dramatic seasons on record. Had Arsenal drawn this game they would have gone into the next round of fixtures a full seven points behind leaders Manchester United, and with the Red Devils looking just about unbeatable at the moment, surely this difference would have been terminal to their title aspirations.  But instead, the North London club remain within five points of the 11 time Premier League champions and, crucially, have a chance to host Fergie's men in April, a match that may well end up being a title decider. The spirit displayed by the Gunners during today's match will doubtless prove necessary later in the campaign, if Wenger's team are to close the gap on Manchester United. So can Arsenal use the momentum gleaned by today's win to supply ammunition for a title charge? Or are United just too good to throw the title away?

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