On Thursday night, Arsenal suffered a second 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in less than a week. In all truth, it was not a surprising outcome, as Pep Guardiola’s side are by far the best team in the country.
Arsenal were simply not good enough to compete with the champions-elect. We knew that before kick-off. In fact, many people probably knew that before the start of the season.
Europa League the last salvation
However, the defeat means that the Gunners remain ten points behind fourth-place Tottenham. It is hard to see any positives at the minute for the Gunners. The team’s last salvation this season is the Europa League, a cup much maligned by many connected with Arsenal.
The Gunners are the third favourites to win the trophy at odds of 6/1. However, I certainly would not fancy Arsenal’s chances of beating favourites Atletico Madrid, who are in red-hot form in La Liga.
Dortmund are the second favourites to win the competition. The German side have also been in decent form of late under Austrian boss Peter Stoger. Either side would cause Arsenal major problems over two legs.
Speculation over Wenger’s future will not go away
The future of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been debated on numerous occasions over the last decade. Love him or loathe him, there must be an acceptance that the team is going backwards and not improving.
Wenger had the perfect chance to walk away last summer when his contract was up. He could have finished on a high by winning the FA Cup and he would have left with dignity. However, he could face the prospect of leaving the club this summer on the back of failing to qualify for the Champions League and failing to win silverware.
He is an Arsenal legend. However, even legends have to leave clubs sometimes. When they stay too long, they can taint their status. It seems the consensus among Gooners is that he has stayed too long.
If a new boss does arrive this summer at Arsenal, they have a major job on their hands attempting to build a winning team from the current squad. It may take a long time to get back to the top.The players are not good enough and a clear out is necessary to move the team and the club forward for the future.
Can you think of any positives for Arsenal at the minute?