This Premier League season has been quite the thing. A match that, in August, everyone thought would be between the league leaders and their main contenders has become the match to see Who Can Keep Up With Leicester. I obviously want Arsenal to win the league, but Leicester's a great story - I'm not going to use the phrase "plucky underdog" because I'm not Dan Shaughnessy or Bill Plaschke, but nobody expected Leicester to be top this time of year, and here they are.
But this isn't about Leicester. This is about Arsenal, and to a lesser extent Manchester City. This is probably Arsenal's strongest year ever as far as title challenges go, and they're - mostly - responding accordingly; they're on 33 points right now, which is ahead of last year's pace of 26 points after 16 games; a win today would see them close the gap on the aforementioned Foxes to two points, and widen their gap over City to four.
I'm not really a believer in the "must win" game - I believe all games, be they in August or April, are "must win". Is this game must-winner than most? Maybe, but still, it's one of 38. Arsenal need to be consistent over those 38, and so far this season, for the most part, they have been. Keep that up, and we'll be having a lot of fun in the spring. But for today, let's just go get the job done, eh?
Here is your #Arsenal team for #AFCvMCFC pic.twitter.com/8fYuAYc5qz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 21, 2015
Here's your City team to face #AFC tonight! #mcfc #arsenalvcity pic.twitter.com/wyM8aNgu6A— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 21, 2015