Will seemingly impossible task focus Arsenal’s minds?

Arsenal went on a winning run to overcome Spurs in second at the tail-end of last season when the pressure was off, but can they play with a care-free attitude now?

Manchester City just won 5-0 against Crystal Palace to move joint-third with Liverpool, who both sit on 39 points, leaving our side nine points behind whilst having played two matches less.

The Gunners are far from impossible in their bid to claw back a place in the top-four, with a possible 15 points available from their league campaign, but with the points gap currently between themselves and the CL spots must seem daunting.

A win this weekend against Manchester United, who are claimed to be rotating players for our crunch tie at the Emirates on Sunday, will move us within two points of the Red Devils, whilst having played once less, and would give us the advantage over them in the race.

We will be hoping that United do give us an easy ride through some unforced changes, which could well give us the platform to string together a run of wins at this crucial time in the season, but it may help us more to all-but write off our chances.

Last season, Spurs famously came third in a two-horse race for the Premier League title, when capitulating under the pressure of being Leicester’s last remaining rivals, and it was our care-free winning form which led us to leapfrog our noisy neighbours.

While we can’t climb above our rivals this season all the same, we do need to overhaul two of Man City, United and Liverpool or we will miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 21 years…

Should Wenger play down our top-four hopes in the dressing room? Or would warning them of their last chance to stay in this be the best policy?

Pat J

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  1. Janssen says:

    If Wenger has any motivational tool left in the bag he should have used it in the past few weeks and if the players need any reminder of the importance to win they are not fit to wear the shirt.

    We started saying year after the Everton and City losses that we could not afford to lose anymore, we said the Spurs game was like a final (well we lost), now we still have to say how important winning is? Sad.

  2. Janssen says:

    PS: City and Liverpool have 3 games left in order for us to catch them they can only win one of their last three remaining games and we have to win our last 5. What is the chance of those things happening?

    1. HA559 says:

      No, if we win all our games ( i doubt it) then one loss from City or Liverpool will do as long as we have better goal difference than them, it will come down to that. City and Liverpool basically need a maximum of 7 points each from 9 to rule us out of UCL next season.

      At the moment we aren’t even scoring enough goals so maximum wins might not be enough, even if the other two teams drop 3 points. Man City have given themselves a huge boost with the 5 goals today to help their goal difference.

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Let’s beat Utd first then talk about our chances of finishing 4th.
    City beat palace 5-0 and I doubt that we will over take them.
    We need to beat Utd and hope that Liverpool drop points against Southampton. Otherwise it’s game over & Europa league here we come.?

  4. Red Dawn says:

    Its a nothing match tomorrow.
    A pointless, meaningless ninety minutes.
    But would it not be bad for “le prof” if we were to be beaten by their second string.
    I would like to say it would seal his fate but somehow I think not – he is the manager who seemingly is not judged on results…

  5. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Breaking… ?? Never trust a Foe!
    Jose Mourinho claims he will rest star names at Arsenal….but they have all travelled to London.

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    More Transfer Gossip:

    Wenger spoke to RB Leipzig star Naby Keita last summer and is interested in bringing him to the Emirates, according to German newspaper Bild.
    Keita has been a revelation for Leipzig this season and is attracting interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.
    Many see the 22 Year old midfielder as an ideal player to bring into Arsenal’s midfield.

  7. HA559 says:

    Everyone from the big clubs in this league will be laughing at Arsenal next season. All five above Arsenal could be in UCL while arsenal play 2nd string side in Europa league.

    Mourinho will play a heavily weakend team tomorrow. He only needs one win to go into europa. A draw against Celta vigo and then a win in the final will do it for him. Easier than winning 4 league games imo.

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