In an interview with the Sun, our wonderboy Javier Hernandez has confessed his thoughts that Arsenal cracked under the pressure of the run in.
“I believed Arsenal would be our main opponents – they have excellent players.”
Hernandez cited that the pressure caused by the defeats to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final and the exit from the Champions League to Barcelona caused the team to lose track. Since the Birmingham defeat, Arsenal have slipped away from the Premier League title chase:
- 5 March – Sunderland (H) 0-0
- 19 March – Arsenal (A) 2-2
- 2 April – Blackburn (H) 0-0
- 10 April – Blackpool (A) 1-3
- 17 April – Liverpool (H) 1-1
- 20 April – Tottenham (A) 3-3
- 24 April – Bolton (A) 2-1
Taking only 8 points from a possible 21 has meant Arsenal have been pegged back to 3rd in the league and look almost guaranteed that they will be finishing another season without a trophy.
“Perhaps the pressure damaged them, those defeats against Barcelona and Birmingham in the Carling Cup final but United is a team that never knows when it is defeated. Our spirit and history creates fear in our rivals. If we are 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go, people know we can come back. That doesn’t happen at other clubs.”
Hernandez does concede that Arsenal will be tough to beat but with Arsenal having 3 draws in their last 3 home games in the Premier League and only scoring 1 goal (even that was a penalty), the odds will be pointing towards a Manchester United victory. Let’s hope that we don’t let the bogey of away form create a speedbump to an otherwise flawless run-in campaign so far and with Hernandez just 1 goal away from making it 20 goals in his debut season, he will be very hungry to find this goal at the Emirates. Go on little pea!