After last night’s game, Arsenal have got a reprieve and are now masters of their own destiny. Two wins from the last two games against Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United will ensure a top four finish and continue the incredible run of qualifying for the Champions League under Arsene Wenger. As the Gunners are just two points behind Chelsea in third place and they have two hard games against Aston Villa and Everton, as well as the Europa League final against Benfica in between them, there is still a chance for Arsenal to snatch third place.
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There has been a lot of talk this week, and at various times throughout the season, about Arsene Wenger and whether he should stay in charge of Arsenal. The talk this week was started when it was reported that he may be heading to the Qatari owned Paris Saint-Germain. The super rich leaders of the French league seem to be connected with just about every big transfer rumour, so we should not be surprised, but Wenger and officials at Arsenal have made clear that it will not happen, at least not this year.
Santi Cazorla has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent players this season, but the Spanish international knows that the team as a whole has not been nearly consistent enough this season. The talented midfielder attributes that to the team getting used to each other early in the season and is sure we will do a lot better next time.
The Gunners are actually top of the form table for the last six games, with four wins and two draws, while over the last 10 games we are joint top with Manchester United. That has propelled us up the Premier League table into strong contention for a top four finish and suggests to Cazorla that Arsenal will put up a much better challenge for honours next season.
It is all about finishing in the top four for Arsenal, and it is likely to be a nail biting few weeks. Both Tottenham and Chelsea have a game in hand on the Gunners, but they do have to play each other. Chelsea are one point behind us while Tottenham are two, so it really could not be tighter.
It is simple to say that Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League if we win our remaining four games, but that will not be easy. On paper our fixtures are not too bad, after Manchester United we have three teams currently in the bottom five. QPR are down, 10 points off safety with four games left means they could be relegated this weekend.
When Gervinho returned from the African Cup of Nations in early February, many Arsenal fans expected to see him back in the side for the Gunners fairly soon. After scoring four goals for the Ivory Coasy while away, and impressing with his all-round performances, it seemed the perfect time to give him another chance with the Gunners.
I know that some Arsenal fans have found it hard to be too angry with the former Gunner Robin van Persie. After eight years without a trophy they could understand that he wanted to move to Manchester United to win some silverware. The Dutchman has previously professed his love for Arsenal. the fans and Arsene Wenger as he tried to restrict the bad feeling of Gooners towards him.
Arsenal triumph 2-0 in Munich but miss out on potential Champions League glory. by Adam Kemp
After Arsenal’s worst performance on the season against Tottenham it took every ounce of me not to sensationalise the defeat by criticising the team. I was confident that the players would reflect on this defeat and finally awaken to the harsh reality facing the club. This group of players has demonstrated that they have the capability to beat anyone, whilst equally they could lose to anyone. Bayern Munich and Bradford are sufficient testament to this belief. All the critics including myself were writing Arsenal off before last night’s game stating that the best they could hope for was a draw. Prior to the match all the talk was about how Arsenal will be able to cope with the power and efficiency of the German’s play. The performance last night was top class and for the first time in a while, I can honestly praise the team for performing well on the big occasion.
George Graham had a decent stint himself as manager of Arsenal. In nearly nine years in charge of the Gunners, he won two titles and four cups. He was sacked by the club after the `bung` scandal when he took nearly half a million to facilitate the transfers of John Jensen and Pal Lydersen.
Graham thinks he would also have been sacked if he had been in charge of a trophyless spell like the one Arsene Wenger is currently enduring. Graham did not really have a go at the Frenchman, when he was speaking to Talksport, but he believes that standards have slipped considerably sine Wenger’s earlier glory years.
Mikel Arteta has been a mainstay of Arsenal’s midfield for the last two seasons, but is angry that the team keeps losing easy games and now have a fight on their hands to try and end up in the Champions League next year, which Arteta thinks is “unacceptable” for a club of Arsenal’s stature.
He thinks that, especially if Arsenal fail to make the Top Four, the Board simply must use some of their massive profits to improve the Gunners squad for an assault on the title next season.
It feels like an age since Arsenal last played, even though it was only a week ago. I’m pretty sure that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players would have liked to play at the weekend to put the North London derby behind them, but the Everton game was postponed due to the FA cup. In the end, it turned out to be quite a successful weekend for Arsenal without them having to do anything, and might have just have given a little boost to team spirit ahead of the difficult second leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
It seems as if Arsenal fans will have to wait even longer to see the talents of Ryo Miyaichi on display at the Emirates Stadium. If the player dubbed the Japanese Messi does not start having better luck, he may never make it as a Gunner, because he suffered another blow today on his return from injury.
The 20-year old winger/striker has just come back from a lengthy lay off due to another ankle injury. He played in the under 21s for Wigan earlier this week, and was brought on at the end of the first half of the FA cup tie at Everton. Wigan were already 3-0 up, so it was a great opportunity for Miyaichi to get some badly needed time on the pitch, and the youngster would have been happy with his contribution.
Not only do Arsenal need to get over the recent disappointments and produce a rousing end to the Premier League season, we need either Tottenham or Chelsea to drop points. Obviously it would be better if it was the Spuds, and their fixture list and lack of real depth in their squad suggests that they will not be able to continue the recent run of results.