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Have Arsenal blown it, or could Bendtner's last gasp equaliser against Villa be the making of our season?

Have the wheels come off the Arsenal bandwagon? In all competitions, the Gunners have not won in our last four games (three draws and a defeat), but while the pundits are beginning to sound the death knell for our season, it shouldn't be forgotten that we're still leading the Premier League title race.

That lead may be down to just one point, but if we're just one point clear at the end of the season, you won't hear any complaints from me.

Tomorrow night's game in Milan is the biggest of the season and top goal scorer Emmanuel Adebayor has suggested that a win would boost Arsenal's Premier League title challenge.

By Adebayor's logic, presumably a loss at the hands of AC Milan - and a home win for the European champions is the choice of most bookmakers - will mean that the Gunners' title hopes will take a knock. But would a loss in Italy mean that we finish another season without silverware?

A win against one of Europe's power house clubs would absolutely boost the Arsenal players' confidence, but it can also be argued that if we fail to progress in the Champions League, the team will be able to focus fully on the Premier League.

I believe though that Nicklas Bendtner's 94th minute equaliser against Aston Villa on Saturday could be the making of our season.

Looking around at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, I could see that a lot of people had already left the ground by the time Bendtner struck. Unfortunately people leaving early to beat the traffic is nothing new, but the numbers on Saturday suggest that some people had left because they thought the team couldn't come back.

Luckily for us Gooners, the Arsenal players kept on battling and scraped a draw to keep our unbeaten home record intact. Not only that, they showed the battling spirit that could just mean the difference between winning a trophy or once again ending a season without anything to show for their efforts.

Had Bendtner not scored, Arsenal would now be second in the Premier League table to Man United, thanks to their superior goal difference. And the pundits would no doubt be predicting that Chelsea would also overtake the Gunners.

As it is, Arsenal go into tomorrow's game against Milan knowing that a score draw will be enough to see them through to the quarter finals of the Champions League, while a win at Wigan on Sunday would extend Arsenal's lead to four points, as Man United play in the FA Cup against Portsmouth this weekend.

Indeed, with just 10 games to go until the end of the Premier League campaign, Arsenal face Wigan, Chelsea, Bolton, Man United, Derby and Sunderland away. At home we have yet to play Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Reading and Everton.

At the same time, Man United face Derby, Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Chelsea and Wigan away, while at home they have to play Bolton, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Arsenal and West Ham.

If the results were to be the same as they were when both clubs met those teams earlier on this season, Arsenal would finish the league with a further 23 points for a total of 88 points, while Man United would add 22 points, to finish on 85 points.

Obviously that's not how football works and with Alex Ferguson's men playing more of their remaining fixtures at Old Trafford, they are now favourites to retain the title.

But a win in Milan tomorrow, coupled with the possible return of Robin Van Persie, could provide Arsene Wenger's squad with just the confidence boost they need to carry them across the finishing line in May.

What do you think? Have Arsenal lost their nerve? Or did Saturday's late late show prove that the Gunners have what it takes to win the title? And will success in the Champions League help the title chase? Share your thoughts here

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I really hope we end the season on an upward scale.Fingers crossed we will previal in the epl this year.We have the talent,all we have to do is believe!! No doubt a European advancement would give a huge boost to the spirits!

Posted by: Ali | March 3, 2008 6:02 PM

Premiership is still ours to lose, although we only now have a slender lead, its still a lead. man u v gunners match will decide it. man u also have the hammers in the final round, who have been known to be a bit of a bogey team for them.

Posted by: mike | March 3, 2008 10:44 PM

im so so so sick of arsenal coping shit from the media

example, every reporter seems to be backing man u to win the prem, yes we've been queer in hte last two games, but ppl were sayin itd be manchesters to win before when we had a 3 point lead and even 5

last time i checked, 1. arsenal 2. manchester

and the other thing that got me cut the other day

saw the add for the arsenal milan game on espn

and on the add the voice over guy said somethin like 'ac milan look to finish the job'

again, isnt it nil all?

thats my rant and ive talked to others who have noticed it aswell

Posted by: Baz | March 4, 2008 12:56 AM

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