Can Arteta rescue European football again? (Opinion)

Mikel Arteta managed to secure European football for Arsenal at the last minute by winning last season’s FA Cup, and we may need some late heroics again this year.

Some of you might rather take a shot at winning money at a Thabet casino than backing Arsenal to earn European football for next season, but with rough odds of 9/2 (5.5) to see us secure a top-six finish, or around the same or slightly bigger to win the Europa League, there is certainly value to be had.

We find ourselves down in tenth in the Premier League table at present, but comfortable in the Europa League where we hold a 3-1 lead over Olympiacos from the first leg.

We will need to climb up to fifth in the division at present to secure European football for next term, although Manchester City will likely add an extra spot to the league positions by winning the League Cup final next month.

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After tonight, the Gunners should be able to boast that they are one of only 8 teams remaining in the competition, and the betting already tells you that we are amongst the favourites to win this year’s edition.

Manchester United will likely be ranked as the favourites for the competition IF they can overcome AC Milan, which looks no easy task.

The Rossoneri were unlucky not to earn a victory at Old Trafford in the opening leg, although they will consider themselves lucky at the same time having secured a late equaliser (and away goal) which could be crucial. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also returned to the playing squad ahead of the second-leg, and United will know the threat that he possesses having enjoyed his presence in their team previously.

Arsenal can’t afford to prioritise the European competition at present though, and are finding more consistency in the Premier League.

The gap to the European places isn’t small, but is attainable, and their victory over Tottenham at the weekend will have given the side a morale boost on top of the three points gained on one of our rivals for the Top Six.

Seventh place could well come into contention for Europe also, with the likes of Leicester, Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City all in the last eight of the FA Cup also.

You wouldn’t put it past the Citizens to use their squad advantage to clinch a domestic treble, and that would mean we are only five points lower than we would need to be to qualify for Europe through our league position.

Is seventh in the league easily attainable from our current position?

Patrick

5 Comments

  1. Shortboygooner says:

    At the moment we need to focus on each game at a time.

    I think tonight would be a good opportunity to rest key players and give fringe guys a chance.

    Martinelli
    Nelson
    Nketia
    Folarian
    Elneny
    Chambers
    Cebellos

    As many of these players as possible should be given a chance IMO

    Leno
    Sores mari holding chambers
    Elneny cebellos
    Martinelli willian nelson
    Nketia

    This would be my start with 5 subs allowed.

    Auba
    Pepe
    Partey
    KT
    Lacca
    Xaka
    Bellerin

    We are up 3-1 away from home i beleive so why not see what the others have in them. Players like xaka and saka have played far too many games and we don’t know who we need to keep and sell next season

  2. Iykmatt says:

    I believe we will play in europe next season,but i don’t know if it’s champions league or europa league.one way or the other there would be european games at the emirates next season,just watch out

  3. Grandad says:

    On our day, we can beat any side left in the Europa Cup and thereby qualify for Europe next season.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      I agree, but Arsenal have a terrible record in Europe, and as strange as it sounds, history always plays a part.

  4. Phil says:

    Yeah Grandad – your correct. And on our day we can turn in performances such as Palace and Burnley at home, and look a team with no cohesion and look more at home in the mid-table position Arteta currently has us.
    But I agree, we capable of beating any of the teams left in this competition over two legs and Arteta had proved we can win one- off finals.

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