Targeting fourth is not good enough we must target third. by Martin
Let me give you a nightmare scenario, Man Utd win the Champions League, Chelsea win the Europa League, Tottenham finish third and we finish fourth, guess what? we miss out on a Champions League place for next season.
I am not telling you anything you probably do not know but speaking with some of my fellow Gooners it is certainly something they are not keeping in mind when they talk about finishing in the top four.
As an example, I was speaking with a mate just last night and he was talking about how great it would be if we beat Spurs on goal difference for the last Champions League spot, the reason was because he would have found it hilarious that Spurs with Harry Kane fail to make the top four because of goals.
It drove me insane, I kept saying to him, we could miss out if we finish fourth and he was not having it, in his mind, Barcelona will beat Man Utd and it is laughable to even think of Tottenham as Champions League winners.
Well, I remember Chelsea winning the Champions League when they had a hopeless team and yet they beat a brilliant Barca side in the semi’s and Bayern on their own ground in the final, point is, literally anything can happen.
I also reminded him how Tottenham did, in fact, miss out on a Champions League spot when they finished fourth because of that Chelsea win and so to assume that cannot happen to us is madness, of course, it can.
I know it can also happen to our competitors but I am not interested in them, just us and that is why, in my mind at least, I am focussing on the top three and not the top four, that and winning the Europa league are the two absolute guarantees that we play in the Champions League next season.
So, if any fellow Gooner says to you, fourth is the target, fourth is good enough or any variations on that, you need to scream NOOOOOO, top three, it is top three we have to target.