If you ever wanted to know the depth of hatred that Arsenal fans hold in their hearts for Jose Mourinho, you just had to look at how happy we all were on Sunday when Chelsea smashed his United.
Yes, that’s right, Arsenal fans the world over were cheering Chelsea’s goals, gloating as Mourinho presumably grumbled up and down the touchline (for a company obsessed with showing Mourinho on the touchline, Sky were more than a little stingy with the shots on Sunday).
Watching United against Fenerbahce on Spursday night in the Europa League, I commented to a friend that we will ‘destroy’ them if we turn up like we did against Chelsea and I hoped that Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge return would end in humiliation.
Special one? Special once.
In the wake of results from all the other top sides, this weekend hasn’t been as bad as it might have been. Only Liverpool and Chelsea collected maximum points making it tighter than a duck’s arse at the top of the table.
Sure, we could bemoan two points dropped at home, but we could also point to City and Spurs dropping points when they could have opened up a lead on us.
Every side in this crazy race will have weekends like we saw this, the trick to winning the title will be to make sure you’re the side who has the fewest.
For a little perspective, we’re unbeaten in 12. Manchester City are without a win in five.
The shine of the Ludogorets win midweek has faded somewhat in light of the Boro result and, more importantly, the injury to Santi Cazorla.
Losing him in a game that he didn’t really need to play makes it tough to take. While hindsight is rarely wrong, there were no shortage of people calling for Xhaka to start before the Champions League game so this must go down as one mistake that could, and perhaps should, have been avoided.
We should have more information on how long we can expect to be without Santi in the next 24 hours, so cross everything you have.
The upcoming week presents us with a great chance to get back to winning ways quickly.
Reading arrive in the EFL Cup and while there will be wholesale changes to the team, confidence flows throughout the squad and the fringe/youth players can play their part by winning well against the Royals who come to the Emirates having won only one of their last five.
After that, it’s Sunderland at home and with the star men getting a rest midweek and David Moyes doing his best to get another severance package by getting sacked, there can be no excuses for not making sure we collect all three points.
City travel to West Brom, and despite their difficulties, you’d have to fancy them against a Tony Pulis side. Spurs host Leicester who showed something of their championship winning form this weekend, so hopefully Claduio Ranieri can bring Tottenham’s unbeaten run in the league to an end. That being said, it would be hilarious to see them they go through the season unbeaten yet still finish below Arsenal.
They’re fifth at the minute.
In other fixtures, United play Burnley at home so you’d expect a win there for Mourinho – if he hasn’t been sacked after City thrash them in the EFL Cup midweek. Liverpool travel to Palace which has some scope for a surprise but I’d expect Klopp’s men to do enough, while Chelsea face a tough trip to Southampton.