By the start of this season, they had cut our lead to just 7. For Villa, roughly equivalent to half a decade in the competition, but for Arsenal with their attacking options the sort of deficit they could wipe out with just one easy home draw. We, on the other hand, have to earn our precious goals the hard way, by going to places like Market Drayton and Romulus.
It feels like a great big honking juggernaut has just appeared in the rear view mirror, rather too close for comfort, driven by an angry looking little French guy who looks like he’s just sucked on a lemon.
If they keep up their present hot streak, our days of dining out on this unique feat may be numbered which would be a bitter blow. First the axe falls on Rocky Road and now this. But let’s be positive guys. It’s still in our own hands. Get to the Third Round, knock them out and we can rest easy for at least another year!