Frank Stubbs: The final push

12/13: Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United - Theo Walcott
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The Final Push

Nothing tells you another season is nearly over more than the realisation that May is upon us. Although it is all over at the very summit of the Premier League, it remains
tense and exciting just below the top spot.

Overall I think Sunday's draw was just about a fair result. It is easy to look at the whole match and think on another day we may have taken all three points. On the other hand we might have come away with nothing. A draw is certainly no disaster.

Both goals could have gone either way although we can certainly be more disappointed at the totally avoidable way we conceded. It was also extremely frustrating because we seemed to have weathered our visitors' only positive five-minute spell in the whole half and looked to be heading into the break with the lead our performance deserved.

Theo gave us the perfect start of course, TV replays proving it was a tight offside decision that went in our favour on this occasion. I am not a big fan of the whole 'things even themselves out' cliche but it seemed to ring true on Sunday! With the benefit of replays once again Bac appeared to take the ball in his challenge so the punishment of a penalty, an equaliser and a yellow card seems a little harsh.

The second half was a little more like a game of chess with few chances for either side but we'll take a point, think positive and go into our crucial last three games upbeat.

That starts with our trip to Loftus Road on Saturday evening, a stadium that doesn't offer us particularly great recent memories after our defeat last season. Ultimately it didn't prove costly on that occasion but with so few games remaining now it looks highly likely that anything less than a win might do on this time round. That of course would depend on results elsewhere but the only way we can ignore that is by winning our own games.

Pressure? What pressure?!

Come on you mighty Gooners!


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