By Avenell Dave
Every Arsenal fan I've spoken to in the past week has written off our title chances.
The Stoke defeat and finding of form by Chelsea and Manchester City seems to have dampened optimism and the news that Jack Wilshere is going to be out until the last few weeks of the season hardly helps.
We all have reason to be despondent after Stoke.
The team should have fought harder and that is the hardest thing to take. If we can;t get ourselves going for a game at Stoke when we're chasing for the title, when can we?
Jack's loss is certainly a blow, but he has been poor of late and while we know he is a fine player, he is not paramount to our chances this season in the way the loss Per Mertesacker is for instance.
There is a certain synergy to many of our injuries, in case you haven't noticed.
When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was injured, Theo Walcott was (mostly) in fine form and when The Ox returned, Theo was crocked.
Likewise, Jack's injury more or less coincides with Aaron Ramsey's return from the injury that has kept him out for the whole of 2014.
We are still in with a shout in the title race, however hard it may appear.
Yes, the fixtures have intensified and the squad doesn't have a huge amount of wriggle-room, but it only takes a defeat or two to our rivals and the whole picture changes.
Part of me wonders whether Wenger should give up on the Champions League but he may argue that his 2006 side or even the Chelsea side that won it are weaker than this current Arsenal squad.
Looking ahead to tomorrow and as I see it, we have two teams capable of really beating us in the FA Cup this season - Everton and Manchester City.
The fact that the former comes to us tomorrow gives us a chance to improve our odds of a final appearance and it is vital that we win at home and don't let it get to a replay which we can do without.
You never know which Arsenal team are going to turn up and the sense of foreboding whenever we play is indicative of the scars we have carried for many years.
Everton are a decent side and records are there to be broken but we haven't lost at home to them in the last 19 games and our home form this season has been decent, domestically.
If Phil Jagielka is out, we have a great chance to win this so let's get behind the team and hopefully they'll give us something to shout about.
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