Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur fans perhaps know better than most how fickle a blessing a game in hand can be, with Spurs in particular demonstrating a prowess of talking up their extra fixture before ultimately failing to win it over recent seasons.
Arsenal have done well then to maintain and then close the gap on Spurs in recent weeks despite losing at White Hart Lane, and now will now play their extra match as part of a run of three games where they can perhaps establish a decisive advantage in the race for a Champions League place.
Whilst Tottenham Hotspur will be happy to have next weekend off courtesy of Chelsea's progression to the FA Cup semi-final, it means that Arsenal will play Norwich City and Everton at home, and Fulham away all before Spurs welcome Manchester City to White Hart Lane on the 21st April.
Whilst Everton should provide a stern test for Arsenal, Norwich are in dire form and Fulham have little to play for having more or less already secured Premier League football for next season. Arsenal themselves are playing well, and have the momentum to capitalise on their favourable run of fixtures to put themselves well clear of Spurs before they play City, in a match where they could easily drop points again.
If Arsenal do win their next three, they would likely only need two wins from their last four to secure a Champions League place, and perhaps they would be looking further up the table towards Manchester City and Chelsea, who have stuttered at times in the league recently.
It would be a fine achievement indeed if the much criticised Arsene Wenger could steer his side to second despite their injury problems this season, and Spurs fans might already be looking at Chelsea as the team they have more chance of beating to a Champions League place.
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