Arsenal were top of the Premier League for most of the season and saw little movement between clubs in top spot between late October until early February, however since then our tough testing period of games has come and gone and its left the Gunners in a tricky situation. Considering that both Chelsea and Manchester City are major title rivals this season, it may worry you to know that although we are just one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of City, City do have a game in hand, which on current form they are more than likely to win. This means they would go top of the league on their extraordinary goal difference, with Chelsea in second and Arsenal in third.
What would be a good season for Arsenal? by Dave G
For the first time in a while, we are experiencing a summer transfer window without the usual panic and trepidation over which of our stars we might lose before the start of the new season. We have the opportunity to build on last year’s squad and performances, and by all accounts we actually have some money to spend. It’s an unfamiliar position, but quite a nice one to be in for a change. However, as much as we have the opportunity to improve, Chelsea are buying highly rated prospects with alarming ease; Man City are on their way to spending another £100+ million, and Man United won the league at a canter last season. Things aren’t going to get much easier.
Why Arsenal can mount a serious title challenge next season? by AH
Now the title may seem to be a bit ridiculous to you and you may be thinking I need a reality check but in fact it’s not as far off as you may think. Before you read this, it’s important to bear in mind that I’m simply saying with these assumptions Arsenal could realistically challenge alongside Man United, Man City and Chelsea for the title and in no way am I saying that under these assumptions that our team would have to win the Premier League once again.
Arsenal have always been slated for their spending and financial status. Despite being one of the world’s wealthiest and most valued clubs, every year Arsenal fail to bring in the big name players that everyone is desperate for, in order to make our team great once again.
Arsenal have managed to consistently compete at the highest level on a relatively low spending budget. It was recently announced that In English Premier League History Arsenal have spent £406,690,000 on incoming transfers, which may seem a lot to you but when you think that it’s over the entire course of the premier league era, it’s a very long time and in comparison to other clubs we are 6th in the spending table, behind Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, United and Spurs. (They are actually ahead of us in a final table for once!)
The Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis yesterday gave his usual rousing speech about Arsenal aiming to win trophies next season, not simply aim for the Top Four. He has vowed to back Arsene Wenger in the transfer market to give the Gunners the toools to win trophies.
With the renewals of season tickets set to begin today, Gazidis said: “It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the Club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition. Our majority owner Mr Kroenke has made it clear that while it’s an achievement to make the Champions League our ultimate objective is to win the major trophies. We all share that clear ambition and will be driving the Club forward to achieve it. Arsène and I have already been planning what we need to do to strengthen so we are better placed next season.
There has been much talk of Arsenal’s record amount of funds in the transfer kitty this summer, but with the current squad ending the season with a brilliant ten-game unbeaten run Wenger seemed to hint that there is not much need for reinforcements to be brought in.
“In the last three months, I believe we have been remarkably consistent.” Wenger said: “We won every away game so it’s a good springboard for next season, to transfer that belief into the start of next season. That means we need stability and to strengthen our group if possible. There are many clubs out there with a lot of money so the competition is very hard. There’s not as much talent as money today in football.”
Arsenal fans should be used to having our hearts in our mouths towards the end of just about every game since Christmas, but with so much at stake yesterday’s game at Newcastle was even nervier than most. Laurent Koscielny’s goal calmed us all a little, but we still had to suffer right to the end of the 90 minutes.
Jack Wilshere is heading for a small operation in the summer to remove a pin from his ankle, but is still expected to play some part in today’s game against Newcastle due to the injury to Mikel Arteta.
He admits that this game is so crucial that there may be a few nerves amongst the Arsenal players, but says they just have to calm and professional to make sure of the three points, no matter what happens in the Tottenham game.
5 Reasons Why Arsenal Might Expect Help From Sunderland by FD
So now it’s down to the final match and all Arsenal have to do is beat Newcastle United on Sunday to secure a place in the Champions League for the 16th consecutive season. It’s not a task that should be beyond an in-form and confident Arsenal team who brushed aside the challenge of Wigan at the Emirates last night. But nerves can affect anyone, and it’s possible that the importance of the occasion could serve to stifle our game. So it would be comforting to think that the spuds might not have it all their own way when they face a Sunderland side, now no longer under threat of relegation, in a match that, at least potentially, has important implications for the Gunners.
Arsenal must beat Wigan – but a win would help our rivals by FD
It does your head in. You’ve got twenty clubs each playing 38 matches over the course of a long Premier League season, and yet we always seem to arrive at the final stages of the campaign with the remaining fixtures contriving to throw up a set of possible permutations only an evil and twisted mastermind could have devised.
Arsenal have only one man to fear tonight, and he doesn’t play for Wigan by DG
We Arsenal fans have almost every reason to be buoyant at our remaining fixtures over the next week. A home tie against a Wigan team that has underperformed all year and who will most likely be suffering from a cup final hangover, followed by an away game against a Newcastle side who simply don’t care anymore. Two teams in the bottom 6, and all we have to do is get the 6 points to secure our top 4 spot. The fixtures couldn’t have been much kinder, regardless of Wigan’s recent good form. So what could possibly go wrong? Oh, by the way…did I mention who’s refereeing the Wigan game?
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks that he has now achieved a good balance in the Arsenal team, and if they can carry their (already nine-game) unbeaten run through to the beginning of next season, they will definitely be challenging for the title.
He said: “Last year we made 70 points and finished third. This year, we can make 73 points and finish fourth, so what you want to do is have a consistency and fight for the Premier League,”