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Arsenal getting closer to Champions League trophy says Wenger

Even if Arsene Wenger had decided to call it a day and leave the Arsenal managerial position to someone else this summer, he would still have gone down in history as the club’s most successful manager in history, up to this point at least.

But despite guiding the Gunners to five FA cups and three Premier league titles, there is a glaring gap in his record, and I am not talking about the fact that Arsenal have lost two league cups and failed to win one under the Frenchman. Despite reaching the UEFA cup final in 2000 and the Champions League final in 2006, Wenger has not been able to add another European title to the Gunners’ 1994 Cup Winners cup and the Inter-Cities fair trophy of 1970.

UEFA give Arsenal another good reason not to settle for 4th

Interesting details about UEFA qualifications involving English teams this season by G.S.

Hello Arsenal fans. I read the UEFA guidelines for qualification for its Champions (UCL) and Europa (UEL) Leagues recently. I had initially read them about a couple of years ago and thought I’d familiarise myself with those terms again. The football season has ended and the Barclay’s Premier League (BPL) table is now etched in the annals of English football history.

As I perused the guidelines and looked at the final standings of the BPL table, I was drawn to some very interesting actual and potential scenarios that could affect English teams that are deemed qualified for future UCL or UEL competitions. And it could have serious implications for the Gunners.

Arsenal to dodge Champions League play-offs as Man City fight FFP?

Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his backing for the new FFP rules and he may soon be even happier about them if Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League automatically, without having to undergo the inconvenience, stress and extra strain on the squad that a two- legged play-off in August would bring.

We do not know what the outcome will be yet, but we can hope. After Man City refused to accept the terms of their sanctions from UEFA for breaking the financial rules, as reported by The Mirror, their case is going to a special panel to decide what should happen. This panel has the power to expel them from the competition altogether and is not open to appeal.

Arsenal boss urges UEFA not to bottle FFP sanctions

Whereas may people have criticised Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for not spending money in recent years, others point to the Frenchman as being the ideal model for a modern club. The Gunners are run in a financially sustainable way, something that the powers that be in football supposedly want all clubs to do, in order to avoid the sort of calamities that have occurred at the likes of Portsmouth and Malaga.

Bad news for Arsenal as 3rd place hopes disappear!

Mathematically speaking, with all the positives and negatives that entails, the only team that Arsenal cannot catch and overtake in the Premier League is Liverpool. They already have 80 points, while the Gunners have 70 with three games left to play. Realistically, though, Arsenal are going to have to accept that another 4th place finish is all we can get.

Our own recent upsurge in form and results, combined with a case of the wobbles from Chelsea and Man City, had Arsene Wenger, the players and the fans looking up at those two rather than worrying about Everton, but today’s results have put paid to those faint hopes.

Arsenal on Easy Street as Everton lose again

They still have to keep their eye on the prize and put in the effort needed, but everyone connected with Arsenal should be feeling good today. The battle for the fourth Premier League spot is now looking like a one-horse race, and the jockey is wearing red with white sleeves.

I wrote an article the other day about Roberto Martinez and his desperate attempt to put pressure on Arsene Wenger and the players, whereas he knew that it was Everton who were struggling to deal with it. Since baiting us and getting their fate in their own hands, those hands have dropped the ball big time.

Szczesny says Arsenal experience will see them keep UCL spot

Most Arsenal fans have known this for some time now, realising after the 6-0 defeat against Chelsea that our title challenge for this season was completely over. Some persisted to believe and I think the players were especially led to believe they could overturn the odds however if you know Arsenal like the most of us do then defying the odds is not exactly Arsenal’s thing.

What missing top 4 could mean for Arsenal

Morning Arsenal fans, but it is certainly not a good morning. The result was bad enough, but the poorness of the Arsenal performance against Everton has made us all very worried that the Gunners will finally relinquish the Wenger cup and find ourselves out of the Champions League next season. So what exactly will that mean for the club?

Nothing is decided yet and Everton have some really tough games left to play; with Man City, United, Southampton, Palace, Sunderland and Hull who could all do us a favour. But for the purposes of this article, I am going to assume that they beat us to that coveted last European place.

How Arsenal’s race for the Champions League looks now

Why we will finish in the top 4 by KJ

After Everton’s win yesterday, there have been many worries that they could pip Arsenal to the top 4, with them being only 4 points behind us as well as having a game in hand and a game against us at Goodison park. However, I don’t think they will and I’ll explain why.

The result against Man City, although confirming that the Gunners won’t win the title this season, does mean that we can play for the draw against Everton at Goodison and with our remaining fixtures being extremely easy, we are the favourites to finish providing we get that result. Here is our fixture list to show you how easy it is after that game vs Everton this Sunday:

Don’t worry Arsenal fans! Everton will not catch Gunners

I was just sat watching the spuds get roasted, and I am not talkng about Sunday dinner here, when the commentator uttered a phrase that may have got some Arsenal fans in a bit of a lather. It went along the lines of, Everton will join Liverpool in having a great season by qualifying for the Champions League if they win all of their remaining games.

But don’t worry Gooners, it is not going to happen. Even if Arsenal have another away day nightmare next weekend and lose to the Toffees, we then have a good looking run-in, with home games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom and trips to Hull and Norwich.

Why Arsenal should NOT be content with Champions League season

A task too tough for the Gunners? by Ash

Arsenal came away from Munich having drawn 1-1 with German league and cup and Champions League holders, Bayern Munich. The final aggregate score was 3-1 to Bayern Munich and it closed off another European adventure for an Arsenal side that really missed their opportunity of progression this year.

Arsenal too naive or is it a UEFA problem?

Arsenal did not go out of the Champions League to Bayern because of the game in Munich, but if it wasn’t for a brilliant penalty save from Lukasz Fabianski, they would have lost both legs of the last 16 tie. And both would have been directly attributable to, let’s say debatable, decisions by the officials.

I know people have been saying that Laurent Koscielny should have been more careful because it was Arjen Robben and everyone knows he will go down if touched. Hold on a minute, don’t the referees know this as well? And should that not mean that they are less likely to give a penalty or free kick to the diving Dutchman? And why was he not booked for his outrageous dive in the first half?