Jamie Carragher has insisted that Arsenal need to win all of their remaining Premier League games in order to have a chance of being crowned champions this season.
The Gunners got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, moving to within eight points of leaders Leicester City with seven games remaining.
While the Foxes could take a significant step towards winning the title with a win over Southampton on Sunday, thus taking advantage of Tottenham slipping up at Liverpool, Carragher believes that Arsenal must now win every game to have a chance of surpassing their rivals.
“I think Arsenal have to win every single game if they’ve got any chance,” Carragher said on Saturday Night Football.
“Leicester would still have to lose three games, they could if the nerves kick in and there are tough games at the end of the season. But can Arsenal win every game?”
That is the question facing Arsene Wenger’s men, as ultimately their remaining fixtures suggest that they could come unstuck away from home.
West Ham United (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
West Brom Albion (H)
Norwich City (H)
Manchester City (A)
Aston Villa (H)
Home clashes with Palace, West Brom, Norwich and Villa should all be seen as winnable games if the Gunners perform to their best ability, and that will ensure that they will continue to apply pressure on Leicester and Tottenham.
However, their fixtures on the road will be a cause for concern for Wenger, the squad and supporters alike, as they face some really tricky encounters.
West Ham continue to push for a place in the Champions League for next season and have been transformed under Slaven Bilic this season, and they will certainly be anything but an easy task at Upton Park.
Meanwhile, Sunderland continue to fight for their Premier League survival and will by no means be a pushover with so much on the line for them heading into the final few games of the campaign.
Manchester City require no explanation as Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to clinch Champions League football before he departs in the summer, which in turn leaves Arsenal facing a difficult task of securing a 100 percent record between now and May.
Wenger’s side have finished strong in recent seasons, but it will arguably take something miraculous to overcome their current obstacles as of course they will also have to hope that Leicester and Tottenham drop points in the coming weeks.