Red Member wrote:Sunderland fan,
what you have got to remember about the Chelsea game is that they will be exhausted after playing Spurs at Wembley and Barcelona on the Wednesday night prior to a lunchtime Saturday game.
RVP and Walcott will rip what remains of their defence to shreds.
2nd point - Wenger doesnt settle for a point. this is a team of winners, thats why we have won 9 out of 10
well done for beating us in the cup though!
Whether Wenger settles for a point or not is surely down to circumstance? You have won a shit load of games recently but none of them have been games where Wenger could really afford to say "we'll settle for a draw here lads", you've needed the points to get into and get relatively comfortable in the top 4 (plus he will be desperate for 3rd to avoid having to go through qualification). Assuming you beat Wigan on Monday however it'll change a bit. You wont be chasing top 4, you'll be defending 3rd.
I'm not saying he wouldnt want to beat Chelsea (he obviously would) but if its level and getting on in the game, I think he'd be daft to go overcommitting and risk losing a goal when a point would keep things ticking over and would take you to 68 points, guaranteeing being at least 3 points ahead of Spurs with a better goal difference going into a relatively comfortable last 3 games (Stoke away, Norwich home, West Brom away, realistically you might lose stoke but thats it, and if you could win the other 2 you'd be guaranteed 3rd even if you lose to stoke unless spurs get a hell of a goal difference swing!). Wenger is a good enough manager to know when to settle for a point, team of winners or not and if the reward for going for it and winning isnt worth it for the risk of being hit and losing, I think he'd settle for the point.
Time will tell mate, I'm sure you think you'll beat them and like I say you might well do, but looking at those fixtures you've got left if you offered Wenger a point in that one now leaving 4 winnable games (3 against sides with nothing to play for, only Wigan at home are desperate for points), I think he'd snap your hand off every time