Earlier in the season, when quite a few Arsenal fans were calling for Arsene Wenger to step down or be sacked, one of the names that was being suggested as a possible replacement was that of Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard looked for a while like he was going to steer his Everton side into the Champions League spot at the Gunners expense, until the pressure got to them.
Arsenal and the trophy drought by Stefan
Just about everybody and their Grandmother knows about Arsenal’s trophy drought. It’s been 8 long years since that FA Cup win in 2005. Since then the club has been in a Champions League final which they lost against the mighty Barcelona and a League Cup final which they lost against the uh, mighty Birmingham City.
Every season Arsene Wenger tries to balance out his squad in every competition and ends up being nowhere near to winning anything. Next season I believe that if Arsenal look as though they can’t win the Premier League by December then they should make sure a Champions League place is secured and then focus the remaining efforts on the FA Cup.
The current football season has been excruciating at times for Arsenal fans and it is showing no signs of getting easier. Despite the excellent run of form recently, with six wins from the last eight Premier League games, the Gunners still have the threat of finishing outside the top four looming large.
With ten man Chelsea coming from behind to win yesterday at Aston Villa, it is now down to Tottenham and Arsenal to fight it out over the remaining Champions League place. There is plenty to worry about for Arsenal fans, as a Spurs win at Stoke City today will leave us needing to beat Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday and they will be flying high after their shock victory over Manchester City yesterday.
It is all about finishing in the top four for Arsenal, and it is likely to be a nail biting few weeks. Both Tottenham and Chelsea have a game in hand on the Gunners, but they do have to play each other. Chelsea are one point behind us while Tottenham are two, so it really could not be tighter.
It is simple to say that Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League if we win our remaining four games, but that will not be easy. On paper our fixtures are not too bad, after Manchester United we have three teams currently in the bottom five. QPR are down, 10 points off safety with four games left means they could be relegated this weekend.
Chelsea surprisingly won last years Champions League Final against Bayern Numich after (even more surprisingly!) beating Barcelona in the semis, and Arsene Wenger certainly believes that Arsenal can emulate their local neighbours by beating the German League leaders in the Knockout Stages of the same compeition.
Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “It is a big challenge, but I believe we can do it,” .
“They have played in two of the last three finals. But now Chelsea have been knocked out, who won the European Cup, in the group stage, so why should we not kick out Bayern if we put in good performances and have everybody available? I think we have a chance to do it.
Another abject performance from Marouane Chamakh in the League Cup match against Manchester City, overshadowed by Park Chu-Young despite the South Korean’s average performance, will have cast even more doubt on his “second-choice” position in the pecking order of strikers.
Recently he had this to say about having the bit-part role at the club: “It would be better for me if we played with two strikers, but that’s the system and the way of playing here, I respect that and it’s working very well.”