After a couple of weeks of listening to our fickle fans calling for Arteta’s head because Arsenal slipped up in the race for the Top Four, we now find, that after taking all three points against Chelsea, that we are firmly back in the race.
I know it is becoming a bit of a cliche, but the game against Chelsea certainly felt like a Cup Final, and the prize could possibly be worth much more money if we end up getting a coveted place in the Champions League next season.
So now we have yet another certified Cup Final as we host Man United, who are just three points below us in the table, and the winner gains another advantage against their rivals. As Martin Odegaard told StadiumAstro after beating Chelsea: “I think that is football, sometimes you have games where you are not at your best and then the next game you can win.
“We lost to Southampton and then we beat Chelsea in the next one. That’s football.
“We know it will be a tough game [against Manchester United], we know the quality that they have.
“They have a lot of good players, a lot of individual quality, so it will be a tough game for us.
“All the games coming up are big games for us. The most important thing for us is to beat United on Saturday and then we’ll take the next one after that.
“We have to take it game by game and, as I’ve said many times, we just have to play every game as the last one, as a cup final, and we will see where it takes us.”
“After losing three games, it was maybe even more important [to win at Chelsea],” he said. “I think we showed we had the level and the quality to compete against top teams, against Champions League teams. They won the Champions League last year.”
I certainly don’t think any Arsenal fans expected such an exciting end to this season, especially after losing our first three games. And if we do beat our old Nemesis Man United on Saturday, we really can start dreaming of the Champions League again!
VIDEO – A great win for the Gunners at Stamford Bridge and Mikel Arteta was in an upbeat mood after the game…
“Calling for the manager’s head” after getting defeated 3 times in a row by the team they are expected to beat.
It’s ok to call our players for the miss chances, poor defending, poor positioning, but you shouldn’t call for the manager head that set the team up for 3 lose in a row.
Like I once said both players and managers should share the blame equally.
Mostly the manager, because he pick those players and set them up.
We knew some players would have made some changes in that 3 lose, but the manager never seem to believe in them enough.
So that’s on them.
The only time we can ever stop calling for manager’s head if we stop doing the same for players. Which I guess it’s impossible, so the manager have to share some blames..
As for the last paragraph, bold of the writer to claim no single fans was expecting an exciting end of the season like this. Really?? You look into the millions fans and saw none of them had that expectations..
I am very weak by this claim..
The way you people go around with excuses and claiming false narrative is alarming.
Alarming! Oh my…
“I certainly don’t think any Arsenal fans expected such an exciting end to this season, especially after losing our first three games.”
“I certainly don’t think”….. was my opinion, if you are one of the (very few) who disagree with me, then I can accept that you maybe thought different, but alarming???
We call for the Managers head because he continues to play crap football. It’s annoying even when we win.
Each time Arsenal is very positive about winning a game, they play poorly; they struggle!!!
Man U is not Norwich City or Watford. And they are also in pursuit of top 4.
They have Ronaldo who can turn things ugly for the opponents in a disorganized defense. And Ramsdale hasn’t been very good these days. So this is going to be a very difficult match
Stop using sambi lokonga in premier league matches he has a good potential but not to be fully rely on him in a 2:2 draw with crysal palace in the premier leage sambi caused alot of catastrophy to the gunners.
We expect the same line up that was used against chelsea but start martinelli instead smith rowe
After a couple of weeks of listening to our fickle fans calling for Arteta’s head because Arsenal slipped up in the race for the Top Four
Nope..not because of TOP FOUR…..because of obvious mistakes made by the manager that cost us the game….TOP FOUR was ours to lose
Arsenal will finish in the third (3rd) position!
Take it to the nearest bank…