Manchester United won at home on Saturday afternoon, putting a little more pressure on the Gunners ahead of Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils have now won five of their last seven Premier League games, a run which has included the defeats of Arsenal and Manchester City.
A fifth consecutive home win was narrow, Marcus Rashford scored the only goal, but enough to relegate Aston Villa and go to within three points of Arsenal before Arsène Wenger’s men play on Sunday afternoon.
There could be even more pressure on us before Saturday is over with Manchester City playing Chelsea in Saturday’s evening kick-off, a win for the Citizens would send them above us as we drop down to fourth in the table.
On Friday morning, Arsène Wenger highlighted the importance to look behind us as well as in front. Though the season has been a disappointing one and the biggest frustration is the failure to compete for the title, it is a concern to see clubs so close to us in the race for Champions League football.
As if finishing below Leicester City and Spurs wouldn’t be bad enough, missing out on the Champions League for the first time since Wenger’s first full season in north London would be a huge blow to fans, our transfer budget and the manager’s position at the club.