Today could be a holiday, you know. A win today and it's St. Totteringham's Day for yet another year; a draw still makes STD likely (WHY AREN'T WE STILL DOING PHRASING) but it will postpone it by a week. PBFC's maximum possible points this season is 72; a win today puts Arsenal at 73 with two games to play. So I hope you all have your St Totteringham's Day wish lists drawn up, and you're preparing your feast of roast pigeon, and that you're all ready for the visit of the most joyous holiday of the year. Three points today also make fourth place just that little bit more likely, of course, thanks to Everton's adventures at the weekend.
I'm not sure how many London-based readers we have, or how many London-based readers won't already know this is going on, but there's a Tube strike starting at 9.30 London time tonight - which means no Picadilly line after the game. So if you're taking the Tube to the game, you may want to figure out another way to get home. And don't be surprised, everyone else, if in case of a comfortable Arsenal lead in about the 55th minute the stadium suddenly empties out.
Standing in the way of all that celebratory goodness are the Barcodes from up north; losers of five straight, they're pretty much done for the season at this point and one hopes they'll show the same signs of life today as they have for the last few weeks.
Three points would be a great way to start off the week, Arsenal.
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