Friday, April 17, 2009

The Arsenal or The Arbitrator?

At the end of this emotional week for Liverpool, we return to the football and find that it kind of all comes down to Arsenal, doesn't it? Liverpool's next match is Tuesday at Anfield against the Gunners. The Reds are looking at this for the run-in:

• Tuesday, Arsenal (H)
• April 25, Hull (A)
• May 3, Newcastle (H)
• May 9, West Ham (A)
• May 16, West Brom (A)
• May 24, Tottenham (H)

There's not much left for Liverpool here. Arsenal, obviously, is the strongest test, but the West Ham match will be extremely tricky, too. I'll have two friends at Upton Park for that one, though they're not Liverpool. Nonetheless, my yearning for a lucky rabbit's foot in any form hopes the presence of two people I've known for years somehow has a positive Liverpool effect that day. Like I said, not much here other than just going out and winning them all.

But, as has been documented pretty much everywhere, Arsenal holds all the cards now. Three certain matches against United left (and possibly a fourth in Rome), two against Chelsea, and The Match Pricks Derby on Tuesday at Anfield. Arsenal is still in it for two cups, and they have one each remaining in the League against the sides above them in the table. Whoever ends up on top after 38 matches will have to get through the form team of the moment – and, also the form dancer of our time:

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