Today was a day of mixed fortunes in the Premier League. With Michael Essien firing on all cylinders, Chelsea took three points and second place, knocking Liverpool back to third. The gap is closing between the top three, and a battle may still be on the cards.
Arsenals' fortunes, on the other hand, are brighter today after Tottenham put Villa to the sword with a well earned 2-1.
Jenas put spurs in front when he fired past Friedel after four minutes and Darren Bent finished Keanes' effort to make it two-nil early in the second half. The rest of the half was fairly mundane until Carew headed home late on, but it was too little, too late.
So, Arsenal retain fourth place, level on points and games, but with with a superior goal difference. Now Arsenal must consolidate their position and create a gap between them and Villa.
Next week, Villa are at Anfield and Arsenal are at St James'. Going on current form, we can realistically hope for a "double," three for us, none for them. The following week, Villa and Arsenal are both playing Manchester teams, United for them, and City for us. Hopefully, another "double," leaving Arsenal six points ahead.
A brief look at the two teams' fixture lists tells us that Arsenal are fighting on three fronts at the moment, whilst Villa, having just enjoyed a nice spot of sunbathing in the Middle-East, are dedicating themselves completely to the League. Arsenal have the quality to progress in all three, maybe even come out with some silverware. Villa, on the other hand, might be lucky and keep their place in the Europa league.