Run-Down Gunners | Case of the Mondays
Here's who's having the worst Case of the Mondays this morning.
In a result that nobody could’ve predicted, Manchester City triumphed over Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup Final yesterday. City’s basically already won a domestic double, then, while Arsenal will likely go both trophy-less — unless you felt particularly inspired by their skating through to the Europa round of 16 with a 2-1 home loss to Ostersund — and without top four.But Arsenal fans can at least take solace in the worse their club continues to do, the higher likelihood that Arsene will be ousted after yet another disappointing year. If winning the FA Cup trophy was what saved him by the skin of his teeth last year, then surely this Cup final loss has to be a nail in his coffin.At least, they can take solace in that for a whole three more days before they have to face City again in the league on Thursday and risk comprehensive embarrassment at the hands of the same club twice in one week. Will they get revenge, or get beat down again? Probably the latter, based on City’s performances all year against everyone as well as Arsenal’s lackluster performance this weekend — but you never know!
Chelsea FC: Forever stuck in the cycle of winning the league one year and then struggling to qualify for Champions League the following. And their 2-1 loss to Manchester United at the weekend, letting Willian’s 1-0 lead slip to Lukaku and Lingard, isn’t going to make the latter any easier this year. The teams above them also picked up points, so they’ll head into the week sat in fifth — two points off fourth — for the first time in the new year. They, and more specifically Conte, have very little wiggle room as they compete with three other strong teams for the Champions League spots that Manchester City won’t be occupying.
CHIVAS & ATLAS
We’re officially halfway through the 2018 LigaMX Clausura, and it’s not going great for the entire city of Guadalajara. Both Guadalajaran clubs, Atlas and Chivas, occupy respectively the last- and second-to-last spots of the table. Sure, just one win could lift Chivas up to 13th — where they finished in the apertura — but it’s quite the slump for the team that lifted the Clausura 2017 trophy less than a year ago. (Atlas, on the other hand, might seem a bit less of a surprise despite making the Liguilla quarterfinals in the Apertura.)One thing’s for sure: next week’s Clasico between Chivas and first-place Club América is going to be pretty lopsided.
Sevilla suffered a 5-2 defeat to Atlético Madrid in their Top (Half of the) Table clash this weekend. With Villareal’s win they also leap-frogged Sevilla, bumping them down into sixth with Celta Vigo and Eibar now four points behind in their chase for the final Europa League spot. They likely won’t catch up, and so this one loss probably won’t hurt them in the long run—nor was being handed a loss by a club 19 points ahead of them in the table a surprise—but a scoreline like that is going to pack a punch. And it could have been worse; until the 85th minute, Sevilla were losing by all 5, the final dagger coming in the form of an 81st minute penalty. But the last five minutes were only enough to pull back two, not quite enough to get all five.