The key to winning the league is at Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford and Robin Van Persie's fitness.
Four matches at home, five away - two of those at Chelsea and Manchester United. 27 points at stake. As a minimum, Emirates Stadium must continue to be a fortress in which every single point is won. Our recent three consecutive draws have left the league wide open. Chelsea and Manchester United are growing in confidence, are the Arsenal ready for one last fight?
Matchday 30: ARSENAL - MIDDLESBOROUGH (15-03-2008)
There's no better place than home when you're trying to end a recent slump, and there's no better team to face than a Boro side low on confidence after two league defeats and an FA Cup exit. Everything here points to a home win, and let's face it, there's no alternative but to win if we're serious about winning this title.
Matchday 31: CHELSEA - ARSENAL (23-03-2008)
"Super Sunday", as SKY has dubbed it, takes place a week on Sunday. Manchester United host a resurgent Liverpool squad who would love nothing more than to dent their Northwest rivals' title challenge. In the late kick-off, Arsenal go to Chelsea, looking to end the West London club's three-year unbeaten home record. Chelsea are there for the taking, Avram doesn't have a clue when the heat is turned up in the kitchen and if we're going to win the title we'll have to win at either Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford. This is a must-win.
Matchday 32: BOLTON - ARSENAL (29-03-2008)
The first of four matches against teams in or hovering around the relegation zone. A potential banana skin, especially with the QF of the CL in midweek. We've already dropped points in places like this, so even a win at Chelsea will prove fruitless unless the points from the Reebok are in the bag. Five years ago, we handed the title to United with a draw here. Arsene must ensure History does not repeat itself.
Matchday 33: ARSENAL - LIVERPOOL (05-04-2008)
Liverpool are hitting form in the business end of the season and will be far more difficult to overcome. The good thing for us is that the 2nd legs of the Champions League QFs are after this game - and considering how the CL is Liverpool's only chance of success this year - hopefully they'll have one eye on that. Of course, they need the points to secure CL qualification for next season but at home I fancy our chances to turn them over. Besides, I heard Liverpool aren't any good at 12.45 kick-offs.
Matchday 34: MANCHESTER UNITED - ARSENAL (13-04-2008)
The big one. Of course, neutrals would love nothing more than a delicately poised league table going into this game, but I'd much prefer it if Arsenal were in a position that would allow us to lose or draw this game without relinquishing leadership. That would enable the players to play with much more confidence and less pressure. It's possible, but only if we win all our games leading up to this one and United draw with Liverpool and Aston Villa. Still, we're capable of winning here if we must. Last season's result in this fixture was 1-0 to the Arsenal.
Matchday 35: ARSENAL - READING (19-04-2008)
Reading have recently recovered from an 8-match losing streak with back-to-back wins over Boro and City. They're one of the worst traveling teams in the league so surely this is as straightforward a game remaining on our schedule. But you never know, that's the point. Every game scares the sh*t out of me.
Matchday 36: DERBY COUNTY - ARSENAL (28-04-2008)
Screw what I just wrote, this is the one game that does not scare me.
Matchday 37: ARSENAL - EVERTON (03-05-2008)
All I am going to say here is that thank f*ck this game is not at Goodison Park. It would have had "title-throwing ala Leeds and Bolton" written all over it.
Matchday 38: SUNDERLAND - ARSENAL (11-05-2008)
It will probably come down to the wire, so I suppose we can't really complain about going to Sunderland on the last day of the season. It won't be an easy game though, there is every bit a chance that Sunderland will be fighting to stay up on the last day as we will be fighting for the title. The desire for the Championship should be greater. Quality and class must prevail.