Everything will be much clearer for Arsenal in just a few days

As a stand-alone event, the Europa League final is very important for Arsenal, it is a chance for our first European silverware in over two decades and a magnificent street parade on Thursday but it is also the time that so much more will become clearer.

On Thursday we will know if we are in the Champions League next season, we will know the sort of transfer budget we will have and the sort of player we can attract.

Victory against Chelsea on Wednesday night means that Unai Emery can begin to transform the team that was a great disappointment domestically with some big-name signings, offload some of the deadwood and start the process of turning us into title contenders.

A loss means we are condemned to Europa League football for another season, stick with a low-level transfer budget, probably forced into keeping some of the average players and most likely struggle to finish top-four next season.

The problem right now and it is as frustrating as hell is we simply do not know which road we will be taking, will it be the high road to Europe’s elite competition and the pursuit of top quality acquisitions or the low road and all that comes with that.

By Thursday we will have so much more clarity, if we lose to Chelsea then at least we can then come to terms with the situation, if we beat the Blues then we can look forward to a whole new era under our Spanish manager.

So, Wednesday evening is so much more than winning European silverware it is about providing clarity on what sort of Arsenal we will have to become accustomed to and in the big picture that is so much more important.


  1. 29th is a defining moment for the club going forward and presently am just not comfortable knowing how our players can bottle things but they can also show up big time let’s hope to see a good performance

  2. little bit worry too, but do hope we won’t bottle it this time cause our transfer activities will b on the line. Emery has work wonder with Sevilla, he can also do it with us

    1. Had a dream we were 2 – 0 winners champions with Iwobi scoring both goals. I’m just waiting for the manifestation. It has been sealed.

  3. No win no worries. Our current squad are not ready for CL level anyway

    The fans just need to remember Emery has made a little improvement without the EL trophy

    But I believe the local supporters in Baku are on our side

  4. We need Fraser, he is really underrated. He leads the Premier League with the most clear out chances created with 28. 10 more than second placed Hazard. Which is more than the combined 23 created by our three playmakers Ozil, Myki and Iwobi. He also has 14 assists 1 behind Hazard. Personally I’ll prefer him over Zaha because he knows when to release the ball to his teammates unlike Zaha who will want to dribble everybody.

    1. Totally agree..common sense these days seems to be lacking with everyone’s opinion is buy big..! Doesn’t make a good squad in my eyes & with the budget we obviously won’t have it’s a win win situation for player & us.

  5. I’m guessing some fans would like T Partey after hearing about the links, said to be a powerful box to box player, he looks strong but I haven’t seen him play much. Guendouzi’s former teammate is also a target, was spotted in London with Guendouzi after we had a bid knocked back. Few French teams circling, is said to be a tidy player with the ball and is quick, don’t know, but after Guendouzi I’m sure some fans are saying why not. He’s a wide player I think and they want closer to nine mil. I’m also reading that we’re putting off plans to get a technical director for now so we can act faster in the transfer market, must mean we have our targets, I’m looking forward to seeing how we do because we have to make a lot of right calls. This match will decide a fair bit with our transfer strategy, huge game for the club, I hope the players can grab this game by the scruff, we dare not fail.

  6. I want to be in CL to get more money and more top players, not to win it. We don’t have a good enough squad to win Champions League. Too many average and below average players (ie Jenkinson, Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Xhaka, Iwobi etc)

    I want to win Europa League because we haven’t won it and it will put us in CL which will help us in the long run

  7. Just a word towards our great away fans.
    It’s been reported that The Arsenal will have sold 3,000 tickets, while chelsea will have sold 2,000.
    If gotanidea is correct in his assumptions that the crowd will get behind The Arsenal then it looks as if the twelfth man could be on our side.

    Well done to all of our supporters who are making the trip, your away support is fantastic…hope it turns out to be a joyous return home for all of you.

      1. ??There may be strong support from supporters more accessible to Baku. Also having played Qarabag FK in the preliminary rounds may engender local support.

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