I have always found it a little odd when you hear Arsenal fans saying that they want the team to lose towards the end of a season, although I do understand the sentiment in a way, as it is borne out of the frustration of life under Arsene Wenger seemingly set to be the same nealy but not quite effort from the team year after year.
The theory clearly goes that if Wenger was to miss his usual top four finish and the place in the Champions League it brings with it then the club might finally act and replace him at the helm. I really do not see this happening, though, as the Arsenal board and the manager himself openly admit that it will be the Frenchman who decides when his time as boss of Arsenal is up.
I personally hope it will be this summer and I think that the fans need to show Wenger and the club’s top brass that we are desperate for change but dropping out of the top four is not going to help, for a few very good reasons.
First of all it will make Arsenal a less attractive proposition to both prospective new players and a manager good enough to take us to the Premier League title. Secondly it has been shown time and again that playing Europa League games on a Thursday has a negative effect on you EPL matches.
So while it might actually help the players to challenge for the title if there were no European midweek games, there is no way that Arsenal are going to finish so far off the pace and so low in the table, so can we agree that a top four spot this season is still very important?