Arsenal dropped more points at the weekend, leaving us in the fourth and final Champions League place, and are losing grip on our place in next season’s elite competition.
The Gunners failed to make the most of their chances this weekend, which allowed Crystal Palace to walk away from the Emirates with a point, while Manchester City leapfrogged us into third in the table.
The Citizens are flying high from their recent Champions League exploits, and having scored 12 goals in their last five matches, look likely to finish the season with a string of results, and will not be fun to visit for our last match of the season. Having to play against Real Madrid could distract them from their run-in but I think they have a big enough squad to work on both.
That would leave us to battle it out with Manchester United, who are four points behind us at present. The Red Devils have won five of their last seven Premier League matches, and are enjoying the emergence of Marcus Rashford, and were boosted by the return of captain Wayne Rooney this weekend also. The pair could be looking to finish the season with a bang, with the latter keen on securing a first-team role for England, and the former an outside bet to make the squad.
Our English contingent appear more eager to remain fit then force Roy Hodgson to pick them for the Euro 2016 tournament in France, and judging by our lacklustre display against Crystal Palace, the team could do with a wake-up call.
The bookmakers have been forced to slash the odds for us to miss out on the top four this term, with one firm dropping us to 9/2 (5.5) not to finish inside the coveted slots.
There will be no excuses for not beating West Brom on Thursday, who should be safe from the drop-zone with their current points tally, and are in dire form at present.
Could we really allow ourselves to drop out of the CL places? Would Wenger consider his future if faced with no Champions League for the first time in his Arsenal career?