In a week when relegation-threatened Chelsea sacks Mourinho, Manchester United loses to Norwich 2-1, and Liverpool loses to Watford 3-0, Arsenal and Manchester City get to fight it out for second place behind top of the table Leicester City, hoping to not let them run away over the Christmas holiday. What kind of world are we living in?
Man City's struggles this season are well documented, winning only two of their last five including a demoralizing loss to Stoke City. Pelligrini is on the hot seat, with Pep/Jose waiting in the wings (at least for the disgruntled fans; Pep would rather be in north London, I'm sure). And as former-blogger Jake Wilson told us in an interview this weekend, the inconsistency from the squad is what's held them back from "leaving the rest of the league in the dust."
Arsenal, on the other hand, have solid-as-a-rock, not-going-anywhere Arsene Wenger and sit in a similar position in the table to City, with 33 points to their 32. We're unbeaten in our last five matches across all competitions, the beautiful Olivier Giroud is on fire, and the team seems to be finding its form and chemistry, with Joel Campbell even playing like he's good or something. Alexis is back in training, but probably shouldn't play yet, and Ozil needs a rest (as does basically everyone), but three points against City would be pretty good too.
In their last 18 matches at Arsenal, City is 1-6-11, so that's nice. Let's make it 1-6-12.