Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Pressure on Wenger after transfer failings
Arsene Wenger's failure to strengthen his attacking options during the January transfer window has enraged the Gunners. After being linked with the likes of Julian Draxler, Dimitar Berbatov and Miroslav Klose, the only person to walk through the doors at the Emirates was 31-year-old Kim Kallstrom on loan - and it turns out he's injured!
This afternoon the Gunners face a rejuvenated Crystal Palace side and Wenger must hope that his boys don't slip up again like they did in midweek against Southampton.
The Gunners can regain top spot from Manchester City today with a victory, but that won't come easy. Palace under Tony Pulis are one of the most organised and disciplined sides in the Premier League. Don't believe me, then let's look at the stats. Over the past 10 games they have kept five clean sheets, only Manchester City, Spurs and Newcastle have stopped them scoring and they start the day in 16th place. Who would have thought that was possible under Holloway?
A win for the Eagles would be a huge shock, but it would also see them climb to 11th.
Arsenal need the win. These are the games they are expected to pick up three points from and they will start the game as favourites. They've led the title race for most of the season. It would be a shame to see them burn out now.
But all the pressure is on Wenger here. He resisted the calls from the fans to break the bank and bring in a new striker; someone fresh to take the burden off Olivier Giroud. Someone to give them a lift going into the home straight.
Arsenal have never been the pundits' favourites for the title, but if they lose this then they will prove all the doubters right.
SQF Prediction: 3-1
And if that comes true then you can guarantee that all Gooners will be praying for a draw on Monday night between City and Chelsea!
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