Arsenal-Tottenham Hotspur: Crucial Stretch Lies Ahead

John SmithCorrespondent IApril 14, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium on April 11, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday night Chelsea stumbled over the line and just barely picked up the three points they needed to stay in control of the title race in the English Premier League.

They now have to drop points in two of the remaining four games, and you'd have to think that this is possible only against Tottenham and somebody else who is going to need to play out of their skin, much like Bolton last night, AND get lucky, much unlike Bolton last night.

I was cheering on Jack Wilshire and the Bolton boys in front of my crappy Internet streaming signal (I dunno if anybody here has a MacBook or anything, but unless you have Internet Explorer and Windows it is really hard to find Web sites which stream with any reasonable bitrate. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.)

It was not really a pleasurable experience. Bolton pretty much set out to get a draw and were unlucky to have conceded before halftime. Chelsea didn't look special at all and created a group of half chances, apart from when Frank Lampard hit the post—that easily could have been a goal.

Anyway! I have talked more than enough about both of those despicable teams; I want to vomit. Having to cheer on Kevin Davies is something I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy.

Tonight Arsenal has got Tottenham, and tomorrow St. Totteringham's Day, when they cannot mathematically pass us in the league anymore! Although that's not really the goal of this whole event. We need to pick up the three points against the Spuds this evening or else our slim title hopes are over.

We'll fall six points behind if we LOSE, and Chelsea will need to lose two and draw one of their remaining four games, which is, simply put, not going to happen. If we draw, we'll be four points behind, and they'd have to draw three or lose two for us to catch up, and that is also probably not going to happen. Or lose one and draw two. Anyway you get the picture. It would be a very, very difficult mountain to climb.

Harry Redknapp has been talking about how the teams are closer this year. While I don't deny they have had a good season, the teams are certainly by no means close. Despite their superior investment and somewhat reckless spending on former players, Tottenham have still not managed to come close to shoring up that fourth spot, while we are still fighting for the league.

This week we both went out of cup competitions, but while Spurs got knocked out of the FA Cup by a second division side, we were knocked out of the CHAMPIONS League by the best club side in the world. Furthermore, we beat their white asses nicely, 3-0 at home earlier in the season.

They are missing some big players, particularly Aaron Lennon and Wilson Palacios, while we are missing some bigger players, particularly Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin, and William Gallas. Robin Van Pervert is apparently back and ready to play, but I'm very hesitant about playing him after he just recovered from an injury. Manager Arsene Wenger says it is a bit of a gamble. Well so were Cesc, Gallas, and Arshavin, and we saw how that turned out.

Lineups: I reckon we'll see something like this: Almunia, Sagna, Sol, Verm, Clichy, Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Theo, Nick, Rosicky.

I wouldn't mind seeing Emmanuel Eboue come in for Theo Walcott, and letting the young'un stretch his legs for the last 30 minutes when Spurs begin to feel the cramps from their 120 minutes of action against Pompey in the bog that they call Wembley on the weekend.

Spurs will probably do something retarded like this: Gomez, Walker, Dawson, King, Assou, Ekotto, Bentley, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Crouch, Defoe.

It seems like Lennon might not be fit for this year's World Cup, which doesn't really concern me at all, but at least we aren't going to see him jump off the bench and use his blistering pace for the hot potatoes. Ledley King might not be fit, in which case Younes Kaboul might play centre back, although he has been playing in midfield, and Luka Modric is a bit of a doubt, so we might see Sebastien Bassong come in there. Or after his shocking performance, we might see Kaboul play RB, where he has played before.

Anyway, we'll see later tonight. COME ON YOU ARSENAL! UptheArse