Arsenal FC: Saturday's Game Against Sunderland Matters More Than Blackburn Romp

Andrew PreglerContributor IIIFebruary 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on February 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Theo Walcott has said that the Arsenal squad owed boss Arsene Wenger a good game when looking back on Arsenal's 7-1 romp of Blackburn. And while many are already pointing to this game as a potential campaign-defining win, this weekend's match versus Sunderland is just as important, if not more important.

Why is this the case? It is important to remember that Arsenal still have only one victory in the 2012 calendar year and that the Gunners have been anything but consistent this season. 

Their seven-goal outburst was impressive, but the main great takeaway was the form of Arsenal. The Gunners forced the Rovers to play their style of game, and this frustrated Blackburn enough to force poor tackling. 

Even while both teams were at an even 11 men on the pitch, Arsenal possessed the ball well and did not make poor mistakes to open the counter-attack of Blackburn.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were excellent from the outside at feeding the ball inside to Robin Van Persie when attacking or making space when setting up the attack. 

The point I am trying to make here is that this style of football is what Arsenal are supposed to do but have struggled to implement in far too many games this season. They have left far too many points on the board against inferior competition too many times. 

The good news for Arsenal is that the fourth spot in the table is still anyone's to take. Liverpool and Chelsea are separated by just four points with Arsenal and Newcastle sandwiched in-between. 

The Gunners need to take advantage of this situation and their recent form. They owe it not just to Arsene Wenger, but to themselves and the fans as well.