Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

David Healy: Under fire Terry could still end up being a winner this season

John Terry

The big winners amongst the big four on Wednesday night were Arsenal. Chelsea lost, Manchester United drew and the Gunners beat Liverpool.

A cause for Arsenal to celebrate? Definitely.

But a reason to believe they will finish above Chelsea and United and win the title? Sorry to all the Gooners out there, I can’t see it.

For me it is still a two horse race to win the Premier League.

I doubt this will be of any consolation to Arsenal supporters, but with the 1-0 win over Liverpool I can’t see anyone catching them for third place now which means another guaranteed season of Champions League football.

It wasn’t the best match in the world, but at this stage in the season the result is all important and Arsenal got it.

They needed it too, because after losing to United and Chelsea in pretty convincing fashion another defeat could have been a massive blow to the self belief of Arsene Wenger’s side, especially the younger lads.

I think they will have a decent finish to the season, but not good enough to catch Chelsea or United. Back in August after previously in this column tipping my old club United three times in a row for the title, I predicted that Chelsea would finish as top dogs.

It’s getting tight now though.

Not for the first time in recent weeks I was impressed by United during their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

You wouldn’t have known that for most of the game they played with 10 men after Nani’s silly sending off. They actually ended the game the stronger side which shows you just how high confidence is at Old Trafford.

They’ll miss Ryan Giggs, who is out injured for a month, but with Wayne Rooney still on fire, I expect to see them win the majority of their remaining league games.

That means the pressure will be intense on Chelsea, who are only a point ahead now. John Terry has been the focus of incredible attention and you do wonder how he and his team-mates are coping with it.

Not too well at Everton on the face of it, but believe me Goodison Park on a night game is one of the most difficult challenges any team can face in the Premier League.

Louis Saha had a very good night for Everton and John Terry had a bad one, but anyone who thinks the Chelsea captain won’t bounce back from that performance and all the allegations about his private life doesn’t know him very well.

He’s in Dubai now for a break with his wife and I suspect he will return hungrier than ever to prove the doubters wrong.

I know United are on a roll, but don’t be surprised if this crazy season for Terry ends with him lifting the Premier League trophy in May.

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