Make or break today? Don't make me laugh!

By Avenell Dave

With the very notable exception of last season's Champions League semi final second leg, the Emirates has been fairly kind to us against M*nure.

A rare Theirry Henry header in the last minute was probably the first great moment at our new home and Samir Nasri's double early last season annouced his arrival in English football.

Petr Cech summed it up yesterday when he said that the Ch*vs win last night (thanks for definding so badly, Burnley!) puts pressure on both sides today to keep up with his team.

Certainly any dropped points will make it harder to keep up with the Ch*v machine but failure to win is not the end of the title challenge.

We could quite easily draw with both M*nure today and then with the Ch*vs and then it would all up to who does better in their remaining games. A couple of draws by any club could be the difference between the title and a pat on the back.

What alarms me is how many Addicts seem to have decided that we've won today's game already.

Yes, without Rio Ch*vband and the departed R*naldo, M*nure are not quite as strong as they have been, but they're still a formidable outfit who should not be written off.

In Shrek, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra, they have players who can and have hurt us in the past.

It says much about RedN*se's side that they've been distinctly average this season and are still challenging for the title.

Of course, a win today would underline out title credentials and buoy the confidence of youngsters who may are perhaps more susceptible to doubt that more seasoned pros.

This is the game where the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Samir Nasri have to step up and show how good they are.

Without a recognised striker, it's a lot to ask Andrey Arshavin to win the physical battle against Vidic (if he plays) and so we need to be at our intricate best AND tighter than the Arsenal boardroom in defence.

M*nure will try to suffocate us, particularly Cesc Fabregas, who will need a lot of protection from the almost certain to be recalled Alex Song.

Will Denilson show us why Arsene Wenger plays him so often? For me, the key player is Darren Fletcher because if we stop him stopping us, the game is ours and Denilson has a big part to play in that battle.

Will Theo Walcott be given a chance to show he can be a world class player who forced M*nure to double up on him to stem his pace and threat?

Will Sol Campbell be able to handle Wayne Rooney after a spell out of the top flight and will Gael Clichy remember that he is a defender and that means to stop the runs and crosses of his opponent?

Whatever happens today - and I do believe we will win - the title will still there for us to grab.

Belief is nine tenths in football and victory today will mean more than just three points.

The good thing is that, unlike some of the games against smaller sides, there is no need for a rousing speech by Le Boss before the game. Everyone will be up for this, make no mistake about that.

Expect a war of atrition today, Addicts. This is gonna be huge.