By the time Arsenal kick-off against Crystal Palace today the Premier League table could have a very grim look to it for us Gooners. Not only will Arsenal have dropped to fourth place after the Man City win at Chelsea yesterday, but Leicester City could have stretched their lead over us to 16 points with only 18 still available to us.
So only the most blindly optimistic Arsenal fan would still be holding on to any trace of hope in the EPL trophy coming to the Emirates stadium in May. But with a place in the Champions League for next season still not assured, Arsene Wenger needs to somehow motivate his team.
Of course that place among Europe’s elite clubs is a target for them, but I get the impression from what the Frenchman said in an Arsenal.com report ahead of today’s game that he is setting them a bigger target than that, namely their futures as players of Arsenal Football Club.
After the disappointments of the current campaign and with the club seemingly determined to keep Wenger in charge for at least one more year there is talk of a big shake-up at the club this summer and I think that the next few weeks could have a big say on which players the boss really trusts to give what is required to fight for the title next season.
Wenger said, “The perception is that the league is over. That perception can still have twists and turns until the end of the season.
“Our job is to make sure that we have a go until the last game of the season, until the last minute of the season, forget what other people believe and show that we are capable of dealing with this kind of pressure, as well as showing that our ambition is not artificial but real.
“The only little chance we have is to give absolutely everything in every single game, starting on Sunday against Crystal Palace.
“I believe the quality of our performances recently have been very strong and we want to continue to build on that.
“Of course there’s the short term, and we have to look behind us as well. Everybody will fight like mad to be in a Champions League spot, so we absolutely need a fantastic run until the end of the season.”
But will Wenger’s words and the possible threat of being replaced in the squad get the Arsenal players to perform for the rest of the season?
Isn’t it a bit late now to get out the hair dryer and read the riot act?
ah f it . what can we do.
hope for a solid win today an more from iwobi.
tired of the rashford lovefest
In an ideal situation Wenger himself would be playing for his career …
Really hoping to see the look on spu faces after edging past them. That’s what we need to focus on now, that would go some of the way in cheering some Gooners up. Especially the local lads and girls, and all he believe themselves a true Gunners supporter …..COYG!!
How many more wins do the Foxes need to make it mathematically impossible for anyone to catch them? They’re dispatching the Hammers as I write now…
They were found out actually. This guy Moss is not afraid of refereeing as he sees fit. Huth got lucky at least three times. And as I write this WHU scored the second.
We all know how this plays out.. will win most if not all our games, Wenger will claim the players at his disposal are good enough, quiet summer and next season will be here again
basically . welcome to the blueprint.
Yes, he says we have to give everything now starting with the match against Crystal Palace, why now? The team kept playing so bad for so long, but Wenger wants players to give everything now, anythng familiar here? His trophy is in jeopardy and he has to give everything to attain that, we were never in for the title
The only pressure this team deals well in is when fighting for top 4 that’s it.
Do you really think they are fighting for their careers? They will be dropped from now until end of season. Next year they will return to first team like nothing happened.
If Leicester wins today’s game, there I will NOT be watching Arsenal’s game later today.
Good for you. Here’s a cookie.
sad to hear u say that twiglet.
i would watch arsenal if they were relegated without any hesistation. havent got a choice.
its in my blood
Finishing outside of the Top 4 may convince Wenger to sign some outfielders this summer.
Finish outside the Top 4 then the Board will sit up and take a real look at Mr Wenger and might even sack him. It’s all about the Money with this Board.
leicester are a really good team.
Im feeling jealous of them.
They are the highlight if the 21st century.
From being upgraded to winning their first ever bpl trophy is truly a story to tell
“Wenger telling Arsenal stars they are playing for their careers?”
Where did he say it in your article?
Wenger is too soft to be ruthless …
Beat me to it. Where that headline came from, I have literally zero idea.
Very soon Wenger will say Jack is like a new Signing,Carzola is like a new signing,so Arsenal does not need other midfielders
which is very true.
It doesn’t help that some of us “fans” still choose to be blind to some sad realities about the current Arsenal FC.
if arsene had that edge he would have sold off half this injury crocked inconsistent team years back.
its too easy for our players. our fans give them a hard tims cos the manager doesnt, if he did they would show it on the pitch.
they get away with giving 60 percent N have done for years.
ridicolous salaries …our wage bill equals man cities….can u imagine that
leiceister do use the dark arts.
vardy finally gets sent off an will miss swansea now. ffs they been gettin away with it alot.
spurs will be prayin to west ham for a favour now.
kante to become gilberto silva like against us now
Proof that Wenger does not think ARSENAL are a BIG Team.
Wenger said If you look objectively at our season we have done better than anybody against the BIG TEAMS but we did not turn up when we felt we were less under pressure.
Mr Wenger lives in a little Wold of his own where he is in a room full of money which he counts every day and won’t spend any of it. He should be fighting for his own Career.
I feel like when teams play vs Leicester they look like lazy!!!!
why even support arsenal anymore? you know what you’re getting every year, you know wenger and kroenke aren’t going anywhere… So sad! A 5 year old could tell wenger he was a world class CB and a world class ST away from winning the league this year. Instead he thought Walcott could play CF hahaha … 2 players away from a title and he didn’t do it.
Leicester 1-2 WestHam
Leicester have got to be the luckiest team
I have a bad feeling Tottenham might be Champs!!!ooh God,Forbid this!!!
There is no pressure on this team. Didn’t Wenger come out a few days ago saying we don’t need a lot of new players and that he is happy with the squad?