Only diehard Gooners considered their side serious challengers at the beginning of the season, but after yet another against-the-odds victory against Manchester City on Monday night, the plucky North London underdogs find themselves hot on Leicester’s heels in second place.
“If anyone was going to challenge us this year, I’d have expected it to be Chelsea, or Manchester City, or maybe Manchester United,” said worried King Power Stadium season-ticket holder Max Albert.
“Arsenal have come out of nowhere. On paper, we ought to be stronger than them, but in this crazy, topsy-turvy season, who’s to say they can’t pull off the biggest shock of all?”
Albert added that Arsenal did not get the respect they deserved, dismissing suggestions that Mesut Özil was a poor man’s Danny Drinkwater. “Özil could definitely cut it at a higher level,” he said.
“And I reckon Alexis Sanchez is almost as good as Riyad Mahrez. Credit to Arsene Wenger – after years of being a laughing stock, it’s nice to see him get his moment in the spotlight.”
Fellow Foxes fan Danny Bernard admitted that Arsenal’s good form has forced him to reassess their chances of overhauling his team.
“Strange as it sounds, I think Arsenal might be our closest challengers,” he said. “Arsenal! I know!
“Ultimately I think they’ll struggle against the big teams, and I fully expect us to pull away in the spring. But from a neutral’s perspective, it’s great to see a bunch of plucky no-hopers finally give their long-suffering fans something to cheer about.”
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