After the honeymoon of Unai Emery’s 22 game unbeaten run, the wheels have come off and Arsenal have dropped to six points behind our London rivals Chelsea and are set to face them this coming weekend. Even if we win (somehow!) we will still need to improve drastically to overtake them, and we have the small matter of Man United flying up the table behind us.
According to the Arsenal legend Ray Parlour, we should just be concentrating on winning a trophy via the cup competitions. Parlour told TalkSport after the West Ham defeat: “Poor performance from Arsenal but for me it’s all about the cups this year.
“Realistically, top four would have been so difficult to make with the teams they’re up against with Chelsea and Tottenham going well and watching Liverpool beat Brighton and Man City. United could go on a run with their new manager in tow.
“I’m looking at the Europa League from Arsenal’s point of view and the FA Cup.
“Over the years the FA Cup has probably kept Arsene Wenger in a job so these are the sort of trophies they’ve got to try and win this year.”
Obviously with Emery’s brilliant record with Sevilla in the Europa League this must be our Holy Grail this season, but we also have Chelsea and a few other top teams to contend with in that competition as well, but surely it is our only real hope of getting back into the Champions League at the moment?