With one more game to play for Arsenal under the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger, although it really should have been two with all the chances squandered in our Europa League semi-finals, the talk around the club will naturally be more and more concerned qwith who will replace the Frenchman.
Amid all the talk about Arsenal this weekend, most of it to do with the end of the era of the Gunners under long serving manager Arsene Wenger, there was a job to do at home to Burnley. Sean Dyche and his players had the chance to challenge for the 6th place finish in the Premier League table and I fo one was a little concerned about how this final Emirates game for Le Prof would affect our performance.
It would be nice for Arsene Wenger as well as the Arsenal fans and players if we could approach the final home game of the long reign of the Frenchman with little else to worry about. However, there is still a big game to play which we really cannot afford tyo lose as it could have serious repercussions for next season.
While Arsenal, despite the fact that the last few years has seen the financial shackles loosened a bit and some big transfers have come into the club, are still not up with the biggest spending clubs in the Premier League or Europe, there is an argument that the squad that Arsene Wenger has assembled has the quality to challenge for the title.
Okay so we saw at the end of the Arsenal v Atletico Madrid clash that the two goals scored by the Spaniards were enough to book them a place in the final, and it is easy to blame the Arsenal defenders. The cock-up by Koscielny and Mustafi in the first leg feels especially costly, but I have to argue that the players in our attack were just as much to blame, if not more.
The fairytale ending of a Europa League final for Arsene Wenger will not be happening after Arsenal suffered in a second leg heavily laden with deja vu from last week’s game against Atletico Madrid. Despite creating the better chances in the first half the Gunners were left to rue another defensive lapse which allowed Costa to score on the stroke of halftime.
With an extremely tough task awaiting Arsenal in the Spanish capital this evening, Arsenal fans will be hoping that things go our way tonight instead of the disappointing turn of events that saw Atletico Madrid leave the Emirates stadium last week with an undeserved 1-11 draw.
Some Arsenal fans and football pundits will look harshly on those like the former Gunners defender Martin Keown who say that Arsenal just need a bit of luck to progress to the Europa League final at the expense of Atletico Madrid tonight, but that is just the way it is.