Bournemouth are the closest challengers to Arsenal for the 5th place spot so far this season, but with Arsenal’s Unai Emery’s target this season being to get the Gunners back into the Champions League it is vital that we take the three points and keep in touch with the leaders. Looking at the betting online, it is not the sort of game I would make one of my bankers, but if I did it would be a very good price, and the way Arsenal are grinding out results it must be a good bet.
Emery made it clear ahead of tomorrow’s game where his priorities must lie. “It’s two years where we lost to play in the Champions League and this is the first thing we want to recover. But we know also that now the Premier League is with a big level, with big teams and big demands for us. But our first idea is to recover our position in Europe and to play in the Champions League. We are conscious now that it will be difficult.”
The new Arsenal CEO Vinai Venktatesham has also made it clear that this is the whole focus of Emery and his team this season. “It is not going to be easy but I absolutely, 100 per cent believe Arsenal Football Club can get back to where it needs to get,” said Venkatesham.
“The first step we need to do is get back into the Champions League and then we need to start competing and then we need to start winning the biggest trophies in the game.
“We need to be realistic, last season we finished sixth and we had our second season in a row in the Europa League – that is not where we want this football club to be.
“I think it has an impact across the club – it is a material impact, financially, being in the Europa League and not the Champions League.
“It is hard to put a number on it because it depends how well you do in the Europa League and how well you do in the Champions League and it depends on how many English clubs are in both.
“But it is tens of millions of pounds, it is a material impact being in the Europa League – so that is the financial bit of it.”
So these statements just go to show how important this game is for Emery and the club. We are three points behind Tottenham, and just four in front of Bournemouth, and with the Spuds playing the unbeaten Chelsea this evening this could be a great chance for us to close the gap. We NEED to be at our best.
Come on Emery, let’s do this!
Onwards and Upwards!