Arsene Wenger needs to forget about the title. Our chances of winning the league ended a long time ago.
Wenger needs to be realistic now. A top four finish has to be the priority for Arsenal and we are in for a long hard battle to achieve it.
I hate to say this but we need to forget about Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. They are on another level at the moment.
We need to concentrate on finishing above Aston Villa and claim that fourth spot in the league table.
Its not going to be easy because Aston Villa are proving to be real contenders and are worthy of their lofty position. They deserve it.
However, Aston Villa are in very good form at the moment and this cannot last forever. There will be a time in the season when they hit a brick wall and Arsenal must be there to capitalise on the situation.
Arsenal need to keep pace with Villa because the season is a marathon, not a sprint and when Villa begin to slow down then Arsenal must pounce.
Aston Villa have a small squad and tend to use the same starting eleven every week. It would be interesting to see how Aston Villa would cope with losing key players to injury like Arsenal have had to do.
They have been lucky in this respect compared to Arsenal this campaign. I think they would struggle without Barry or Young in the side. Any side would.
There will be a time when Aston Villa have to solve these problems and I don't think they could.
Arsene Wenger needs to get the cheque book out and I think he will.
A couple of signings in the transfer window would be a boost to the club and give us Gooners a much needed lift. New arrivals may also give Arsenal a new leash of life and some added verve.
This will be crucial in the second phase of the season. And it's obvious we have yet to have seen the best of Arsenal this season over a sustained period of time.
Aston Villa are on a fantastic run at the moment and that is something Arsenal haven't done this season, yet.
I'm sure at some point Arsenal will go on a long unbeaten run with a lot of victories. That, combined with Aston Villa running out of steam will be enough for Arsenal to claim fourth place.
Keep it Goonerish...............