Are Arsenal still in the title race after 2-2 draw against Spurs?

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BPL Season 2015/2016: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 2 Arsenal

Rants by a Malaysian Gooner

After being winless for two whole months this season and losing our previous two games, we are still only 8 points behind the league leaders Leicester City who just couldn’t lose to anyone other than the Gunners it seems. We couldn’t even beat the weakest Manchester United team in le boss Arsene Wenger’s era (no surprise there) but somehow we’re able to get a point from the strongest Tottenham Hotspur team of all time at White Hart Lane with 10 men. What a weird season.

Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny were out injured, putting David Ospina and Gabrial Paulista to the task and they did okay despite conceding two goals. Strangely, Kieran Gibbs played left back instead of the more consistent Nacho Monreal while Mohamed Elneny started in front of the back four with Francis Coquelin. Danny Welbeck got to start as the central forward instead of Olivier Giroud for more pace. It was clearly a defensive-counter formation, perhaps the more suitable tactic for Theo Walcott to contribute in compared to the previous matches’, but Wenger preferred to have the also-recently beyond horrible Aaron Ramsey on the right.

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We were putting everyone in the box defending Spurs’ expected strong offence and we had no shot on target until Aaron Ramsey with that brilliant goal with his back heel flick (this guy is never short of confidence) for first blood. Then Coquelin brainlessly went for a very late challenge and got his second yellow for the sent off and our usual poor set piece defending, which Wenger has never been able to fix, allowed Spurs to equalise. Their second goal later by Harry Kane was too good although Per Mertesecker could’ve probably dealt with the ball if he had more pace. Hector Bellerin’s second assist, this time to the off-form Alexis Sanchez to level the score at 2-2.

All in all, it worked out for a point in the end and credits to the
players for being able to make spurs bottle the ‘W’ with us despite
being one-man down and low on team morale after failing to win the last four games. This was
the fighting spirit that we, the fans, want to see more consistently. And this result put us in a position where we could still miraculously win the league, and also the huge possibility of ending up at the grand fourth spot again where Wenger love so much.

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Highlights: Tottenham 2 – 2 Arsenal
Posted by Arsenal News on Saturday, 5 March 2016

Leicester still have to play against West Ham and Swansea at home (if they could beat us at home, they’d better beat Leicester too), and Manchester United and Chelsea away. Spurs have Liverpool away, Manchester United at home and Chelsea away. We have West Ham and Manchester City away. Besides against us, Manchester City have United at home and Chelsea away. Looking at these final 9 (10 for Man City) matches, our and Leicester’s run-ins are better.

The title race is not over yet, certainly not mathematically. All we need to do is win all of our remaining games and hope for the others to lose their tough ones. It’s been a funny season and I wouldn’t rule that out. But even if we do win the league in the end, it’d not be enough to fully regain my faith in Wenger. He needs to go for the club to progress, that’s what I believe. And fuck no, I don’t give a shit about a third FA Cup. You want all your fans back on your side, boss? Win the fucking title this season and make sure you make big signings (plural) early for the next season.

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