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By Thomas Lee

So, we're 9 points off the pace, 7 off second if I'm right. But its not as simple, or as bad as it may sound. We've got Man Utd, Chelsea aswell as Everton and Aston Villa out of the way with and the former two have to play each other aswell as the latter two away from home, both difficult places to go. We have the better run in, whether thats enough to stay in the title race, time will tell but for now we are just about still in it.

Today, I saw my team dominate the so called "team to beat" and were (as we so often seem to be, unlucky) and the mere fact that Chelsea possessed a fully fit out and out striker available was the difference in my opinion. If we'd have had van Persie for either game against Chelsea this season we probably wouldn't have lost both games and have to listen to logic-less pundits blab on about how Arsenal "get bullied" by Chelsea. I admit that may be true, but only to a small extent, you have to bare in mind they had their first choice 11 out today and we had our second best player out injured, as we did against Man Utd.

We could easily go the rest of the season unbeaten, no trouble. Despite what the pessimists might be saying, I can't see us losing at home to Liverpool on Wednesday and after that the hardest it gets is Tottenham away and Man City at home, both in April. Until then we have a run of fixtures that we could win all of, and while that fixture list greets us, Man Utd and Chelsea have to play harder fixtures including each other at Old Trafford.

My point is, Man Utd and Chelsea will end up dropping more points than us probably and all it takes, as we've seen already this season, is a couple of weeks for things to change and a nice winning run against Liverpool, which would boost morale, Sunderland, Stoke, Burnley, Hull and so on would put us right back in the reckoning.

Our "wounded animal" status I think will help us on Wednesday and even though Liverpool have gone 7 games without defeat they haven't had hard fixtures and haven't been playing fantastically and with Torres, Johnson and Benayoun still out and Gerrard not appearing 100% fit, I don't think they have enough to worry us so I think we'll bounce back and do the double over Liverpool for the first time since 03/04 season, coincidentally the last time we won the league- anyone believe in omens like that??

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