It just got interesting: Arsenal v Chelsea v Spurs v Manchester

Arsenal v Man United is an FA Cup Fourth Round tie.

It’s a 7.55pm kick-off on Friday on BBC1.

This won’t be like the Chelsea game.

The Red Devils are faster,younger and more fearless than Chelsea.

While United are on form, Chelsea are struggling.

In Saturday’s League game Emery’s Arsenal started at 100mph and blew Chelsea away in the first half.

The first goal was a trademark turn-and-hit by Lacazette. Nobody does it better: short back-lift, bullet shot just inside the post.

Last week I said: Lacazette holds it up nicely, plays people in, and can bury a shot just inside the post.

Kolasinac produced a left wing cross that found Aubameyang facing the wrong way but his overhead volley was only six inches wide.

Marcos Alonso’s tackle on Aron Ramsey was malicious and could have caused a lot of damage.

When Sokratis crossed towards Koscielny, the ball missed the defender’s head but bounced in off his shoulder for 2-0.

Second half, no more goals. But Hector Bellerin was taken off on a stretcher.

So this 96-minute London derby was decided by two French goals from Laca (14) and Koscielny (39).

Speaking through a translator, Chelsea boss Sarri said, “I was disappointed and angry with our mental approach. We suffered from the same kind of approach in the match against Tottenham Hotspur. I thought we’d overcome that. It now appeared that there is a great deal of work to be done to get these players truly motivated and up for playing in these games.”

If that’s what he thinks of his players, Sarri’s first season at Chelsea will also be his last.

VERDICT : Arsenal overwhelmed Chelsea, who gave up.

This week Emery picked the right team and played 4-3-2-1 and beat Chelsea in the first half.

He was right to start Ramsey and wise to not use Ozil. At long last Koscielny is fit and back and playing well.

Manchester United are on fire now, led by Pogba and Rashford, two formidable power players. Martial, a huge talent, is back in the team on merit.

Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first seven games by playing attacking football that excites the fans and generates an atmosphere the team can feed on. King Louis Van Gaal and his former assistant Jose Mourinho were paranoid bullies who passed the ball sideways and preached the football of fear.

Last week, as the days ticked past, Arsenal v Chelsea looked like a really big game.

By Thursday I’d realised this was a must-win game for Arsenal. But on Friday I began to see this derby as a must-win match for both teams and by Saturday I was calling it a moment of truth.

Sunday’s Fulham v Spurs was the worst Tottenham performance I’ve seen all season.

They really missed Harry Kane’s leadership and goal threat.
Beanpole squad striker Fernando Llorente is no Peter Crouch.He scored an own-goal in the first half by allowed a Serri corner to hit his leg and bounce past Hugo Lloris.

When right back Cyrus Christie crosses, newly-arrived loan man Ryan Babel heads over in 40, wasting the best chance of the game so far.

After a fine move by Fulham, Mitrovic has a header disallowed for offside.

It’s years since I saw Spurs play as badly as this. Can they get worse? Should I switch it off?

Then, at last, Eriksen fired in a pinpoint cross in 51 and Dele Alli heads in neatly from four yards.

I’d hoped for more from Eric Lamela. But he missed Kane’s presence, which gives every attacker more time, more space to work in.

When Danny Rose hit a shot that deflected onto the bar in 51, I thought that was as close as Spurs were going to get.

In 65 Martin Tyler said of Spurs : “They never draw.”

But I said, “They won’t draw this!”

No idea why I said that because Spurs were not playing well.

A bad challenge by Serri on Vertonghen was punished by a mere booking and then Eric Dier came on for Lamela, and then Dele Alli went off injured and the game was fizzling out in the third minute of stoppage time  when young Nkoudou, who had replaced Alli, fired in a right-footed cross and Harry Winks popped up to head down past the keeper from five yards.


Premier League table after 23 games

1. Liverpool 60 pts
2. Man City  56
3. Spurs        51
4. Chelsea    47
5. Arsenal    44
6. Man Utd  44