Arsene Wenger gave football fans and journalists plenty of ammunition to attack Arsenal with when he said that qualifying for the Champions league was like winning a trophy. Oh, how they laughed. Well, you ask the manager of Tottenham, Liverpool or Everton which they would prefer, and if you get an honest answer they will say Champions league.
Arsenal fans are so used to getting into the Champions league that maybe we have forgotten what a big deal it really is. The thing we haven’t done is win a trophy, for nearly eight years now. We are desperate to get our hands on some silverware, and Arsene Wenger has joined us in that wish now, as he proved by playing his strongest team against Bradford City.
The problem is that, now we are struggling to qualify for the Champions league, it has become vitally important again. What you need to get in the top four is consistency, and we just haven’t got it at the minute. We can’t even be consistent for a whole 90 minutes. We can be fantastic and we can be awful.
That is why, for me, Arsenal need to focus on the cup competitions. If we go out of the FA cup, it will bring pressure down onto Wenger and the players, which will hurt the confidence further. There is plenty of time to go on a run and make up some points on Tottenham and Chelsea, but one bad game will see us go out of the cup.
Arsenal have proved that they can be brilliant at times, and that is what it takes to win a cup. A cup run will help our league form, but an early exit could be devastating. It goes without saying that Arsenal need to add some quality to the squad as well and I hope that Wenger has something up his sleeve.