Arsenal are facing a real struggle to regain their normal position in the Top Four and winning their rightful place in next season’s Champions League, but we usually achieve this at least by winning all our games against teams outside of the top six.
We may have games in hand over the teams above us right now, but with a gap of five points between us and Liverpool in fourth we will have a desperate need to beat West Brom in the early game next Saturday or find ourselves dropping further away in the title race. We must at least be challenging for the Top Four after throwing away our tickets for the Champions League Final, but of course we have booked at least one trip to Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final.
The Baggies may have lost their last two games in the Premier League, but they are far from pushovers, especially at home. They currently lie in 8th in the table and despite losing to Palace in their last home match, they actually won their three previous games at the Hawthorns.
That would not normally worry me, but right now it would seem that Arsenal are having big problems winning any games away from the Emirates, in fact in our last six away League games we have lost four of them, with the one solitary win at lowly Swansea to our name. This to me is a big, big worry and makes Saturday’s game nearly a make-or-break game for our season, especially as our following game (after the international break) is another crunch fixture against Manchester City at the Emirates.
We desperately need a boost to our confidence, but be warned, a win at West Brom is far from being a done deal….