Arsenal's ability to assert their swashbuckling best against mid-table (and lower) teams in the Premier League, a feat punctuated by their recent 4-1 slaying of Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, February 22, guarantees their presence in the discussion of favourably-placed clubs contending for the title.
That is the opinion of Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who opined post-match that, regardless of the humbling 5-1 loss sustained during the Gunners' recent trip to Anfield, there remains enough ability throughout the squad to pick up points against teams of the Black Cats ilk.
Since the start of the domestic season, Arsene Wenger has overseen seven league victories where his side have netted thrice or more - Fulham away, Sunderland away, Stoke City at home, Norwich City at home, Cardiff City away, West Ham United away and, most recently, Sunderland at home.
I still think Arsenal can win the title. They are very good at demolishing the average. And that just might be enough.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 22, 2014
With a current haul of 59 points from 27 matches, Arsenal remain firmly in the hunt for this season's top English honour, one point shy of league leaders Chelsea, two ahead of Manchester City who have a game in hand and three in front of Liverpool.
Arsenal finish March with a challenging run of fixtures including Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge prior to a home encounter against City, however, they begin the month with a trip to Stoke that is a must-win so that they can head into their three-game gauntlet with the best momentum.
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