There's Always Next Year, Arsenal | Case Of The Mondays
Seasons are wrapping up, both for those at the top and bottom of the table; title dreams are being dashed, qualification hopes are threatened, and the relegation zone is starting to harden. All that considered, here's who's having the worst Case of the Mondays this morning.
Tempers flared all over the pitch as PSG was downed 3-1 by third-place Nice on Sunday. Paris came close to tying it up after pulling it back to 2-1 in the 64th minute — but could not do anything with the rest of the match, instead seeing Thiago Motta red carded in the 90th minute and conceding a third on the resulting free kick. To top it all off, Angel di Maria was also sent off shortly after.
The loss has huge implications for the top of the Ligue 1 table. With Monaco being on the better side of a 3-1 scoreline, they now have a 3 point lead over PSG for first. Nice’s three points also also puts them within striking distance of PSG’s second place spot. The last thing the club would want after their embarrassing exit to Barcelona in the Champions League would be a third place league finish.
What started as a relatively boring North London Derby, sans two near-chances for Tottenham, ended in disaster for the Gunners: a 2-0 loss, thanks to goals from Spurs golden boys Dele Alli and Harry Kane. The way Arsenal were playing, it never looked like they really had a chance.Arsenal remain in 6th, now 5 points off Manchester United’s 5th place spot with only 5 games left to play — including one against Manchester United. Plus, the loss means that Arsenal mathematically cannot finish the season above Spurs. No, for the first time in 22 years, there will be no St. Totteringham’s Day — which will sting badly enough, let alone it being a Spurs victory that secured it. At least Spurs fans likely won’t have to watch Spurs raise the title on top of it all; Chelsea’s gap at the top seems pretty sturdy.
ALL RELEGATED CLUBS
There are a few more weeks to play, but some relegation battles are already over.Sunderland became the first Premier League team relegated, ironically a few days after their Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle were promoted. They escaped the same fate narrowly last year, but alas 23 losses (and counting) and a -34 goal difference (and counting) were not enough to keep them afloat for another year.Osasuna was relegated from La Liga last weekend, and Grenada are set to join them in the Segunda División after their 2-1 loss to Real Sociedad. Not quite shockingly, Tony Adams’ mere three weeks with the struggling club was not enough to turn it around.Other relegations, such as Darmstadt’s, are imminent, but fans still have another week or two left to hold out hope.
EVERY BUNDESLIGA CLUB EXCEPT BAYERN MUNICH
While it looked for a while like there would actually be a title race in the Bundesliga this season, Bayern Munich — surprise, surprise — officially put that optimism to rest this weekend.Their 6-0 win against relegation-threatened Wolfsburg secured their fifth straight, and 27th total, title. Leipzig, who were the biggest challengers earlier in the season, are 10 points back.Well, it was fun while it lasted.