I’ve been an Arsenal fan right for the past 17 years, with my loyalty never changing. The club has seen great times and its worse times. Now we are in our worst time, many linking it to the fact that Wenger needs to leave before things turn around.
Arsenal face stiff Europa League challenge against Atletico by Russell
Tournament favourites Atletico Madrid stand in Arsenal’s way of reaching the final of this season’s Europa League.
The competition is the Gunners’ last chance of silverware this term and offers the club a route into the lucrative Champions League if they can claim the trophy.
HOW DO ARSENAL BEAT ATLETICO MADRID?
Clearly, Arsenal’s season defining moment is here. The Europa League draw on the 13th of Friday for those who are superstitious gave Arsenal a ghastly baddest draw against Atletico Madrid. The worst possible outcome as Arsenal drew the ‘best’ team remaining in the competition.
Arsene Wenger hinted that today’s Arsenal team may include some rotation to give the players that were in Russia on Thursday a breather, but I wonder just how much of a risk he will take considering that Burnley are still only two points below us in the table.
St James Park has proved to have been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal in recent years and we can only hope that our current team can carry on that impressive record against Newcastle today. So for our latest instalment of our usual View from The Enemy series we have visited the Official Magpies website to see how they have described the build up to their own fans. So here is what they had to say….
Arsenal travel up to Newcastle with an excellent record of going 7 games unbeaten, but we can still not take a win for granted up in St James Park for the simple reason that our away form has been unbelievably dire this season. Since the New Year we have lost every single one of our four away matches in the EPL and that does not compare favourably with Newcastle United’s home form in the same period. The Magpies are unbeaten in their last 7 matches at home, and have won their last three without conceding a goal, including beating Man United 1-0.
It would seem that most Arsenal fans think that the Gunners have absolutely no chance when we come up against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League, but perhaps our pessimism could be misplaced?
So Arsenal face Newcastle this weekend, and although we are pinning all our hopes on winning the Europa League to get back into Europe’s elite competition, we still have to worry about our League position, especially with Chelsea’s comeback earlier today and Burnley’s relentless chase to try and overtake us.