Arsenal-Liverpool: Arsenal's Last Chance?

Dwayne BroomeContributor IDecember 13, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal shields the ball from Andriy Voronin of Liverpool during the Carling Cup 4th Round match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on October 28, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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After watching Chelsea and Manchester United drop points on Saturday, having Arsenal gain a possible win with a game in hand is enough to keep the faith.

When Arsenal play Liverpool in the afternoon [10 in the morning for me] Torres and Gerrard will be ready to lead their team back into the top four. However, the highest position they would reach is fifth.

But this article is about the gunners. Although nothing is set in stone, Eduardo and Diaby could be in for the game. Regardless of how some fans feel about those two, any players off the injury list is a good thing.

But before I get too positive, I have to recall the drawbacks:

We are injured. In fact we all know that so I don't need to tell you how we've been damaged.

We CAN'T afford to lose. If we lose we stay in fourth behind Villa in a similar situation from last year.

If we win, the gap between us and Chelsea is only six points. After Arsenal lost that game to the Blues, the pundits counted us out of the race. A win for the gunners will make a huge difference.

Playing at Anfield is never easy but hopefully people will look at this game as the measure of how strong Arsenal really are.

Now maybe the title of this article may be too drastic but I could say that is one of the last chances to contend.

To have Man United to lose at the hands of Villa in Old Trafford of all places would seem like a fantasy for Red Devils haters. That is why Arsenal have to capitalize on their failure.

It would be fortunate to be in third before Christmas while closing the gap. The pain of last season's failure may give Arsenal the needed strength. Or is that wishful thinking?

Since Wednesday's game in Greece people have been praising Aaron Ramsey. What role will he play against Liverpool? An even greater question is who's gonna score for us?

Arshavin will most likely start up front but I doubt the goals will come in droves. The team should not force opportunities and keep the game flowing. But the gunners can't be afraid to play a dirty game.

Winning will put pressure on Chelsea, United, and even Villa and Tottenham if they challenge for fourth. Losing will put pressure on Wenger to get instant results in January.