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Fixtures Conspire Against Us

After the impressive home win against Napoli, our paths until we meet again couldn't be more different. First of all Napoli play their next fixture away to Chievo on Sunday. Chievo are already relegated as they are rock bottom of the Italian Serie A. As Napoli sit comfortably in second of Serie A, they will definitely rest a significant number of their squad for their Europa League second leg with Arsenal.

Arsenal on the other hand, are also away, but that is where the similarities end. We are away to Watford on Monday evening. As Arsenal are still fighting on two fronts, it is imperative that we win this game. However our away form has been shocking all season and we will have to cope without our most reliable defender Sokratis who will begin the first of his two game suspensions in this game. On top of this, Watford are no mugs and will also be highly motivated to finish as high as possible in the league and 7th is a realistic proposition. The reward of which is qualification for next season's Europa League. So with less recuperation time and after playing a difficult away game we are expected to go away to Napoli who will be well rested to get a result.

Next week's results could define our season. We could realistically implode and by this time next week be out of the Europa League and out of the contention for the top four OR we could have an amazing week and still be in a shout for both competitions. Welcome to squeaky bum time folks.

posted on 12/4/19

What is the point of this article?

posted on 12/4/19

So unfair that Arsenal have to play 19 away matches every single season.

posted on 12/4/19

Watford could be coasting in the league now in prep for a cup final.

comment by Bats (U18355)

posted on 12/4/19

Watford already qualified for the Europey, no?

posted on 13/4/19

comment by Part time Man City fan (U18355)
posted 4 hours, 35 minutes ago
Watford already qualified for the Europey, no?
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That rule has changed hasn't it? You have to actually ein the FA Cup to qualify I believe

posted on 13/4/19

But anyway the OP is right, I mean technically we are at a slight disadvantage fixtures wise.

But luckily we are at a massive advantage results wise taking a 2-0 advantage and no away goals conceded into the second leg. If we don't go through then we've facked up big time

posted on 13/4/19

comment by Scruttocks (U19684)
posted 8 hours, 57 minutes ago
But anyway the OP is right, I mean technically we are at a slight disadvantage fixtures wise.

But luckily we are at a massive advantage results wise taking a 2-0 advantage and no away goals conceded into the second leg. If we don't go through then we've facked up big time
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Given our away form 2-0 is that big a lead

posted on 13/4/19

comment by 4everanarsenalfan (U20629)
posted 33 minutes ago
comment by Scruttocks (U19684)
posted 8 hours, 57 minutes ago
But anyway the OP is right, I mean technically we are at a slight disadvantage fixtures wise.

But luckily we are at a massive advantage results wise taking a 2-0 advantage and no away goals conceded into the second leg. If we don't go through then we've facked up big time
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Given our away form 2-0 is that big a lead
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It would still be very poor to give the tie away though. A disgrace in fact but our away form has been a disgrace this and last season.

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