Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in their last Premier League clash, and are now third in the table with 66 points from 34 games, staying nine clear of Arsenal who now have three games in hand on the Merseysiders and could catch mathematically catch them in the table. Arsene Wenger’s men still need slip-ups from their top-four rivals but Liverpool’s defeat opens the door for them.
So, Arsenal are in the final of the FA Cup and will take on Chelsea. The Gunners making it to the final has the potential to raise a big question. If Arsene Wenger’s side somehow won the trophy and managed a top four finish would this be a successful season for Arsenal?
Arsenal, of course, would still have to beat Chelsea in the final at Wembley. It would also mean the Gunners closing a gap of seven points on fourth-place Manchester City or a nine-point gap on third-place Liverpool.
North London club Arsenal are believed to be willing to offer as much as £20 million offer for RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg, according to reports coming from the British Isles.
The 25-year-old Forsberg is having a brilliant season in Bundesliga, where he is widely regarded as one of the top performers this term with eight goals and 15 assists in 25 league appearances.
Regarded as one of the major factors behind RB Leipzig successful debut campaign in the top tier, Emil Forsberg has caught the eye of several Europe’s biggest sides, Arsenal included.
Arsenal may be 90 minutes away from reaching their third FA Cup final in four seasons with a semi-final clash to come against Manchester City, but the Gunners are still keeping an eye on the Premier League top-four and will be hoping Burnley and Crystal Palace can do them a favour in their respective games against Manchester United (5th) and Liverpool (3rd), to give them hope of gaining ground.
When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 he was one of the brightest young players in the English game. Gunners fans would have that he would go from strength-to-strength and become a top player at the north London club.
Fast forward nearly six years and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a peripheral figure in the first team. At 23, he is in and out of the Gunners starting line-up. What is worse is that the Gunners are playing poorly and yet he still is not starting games on a regular basis.
Vital that Oxlade-Chamberlain stays
The 23-year-old England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is thought to be ready to quit Arsenal at the end of the season.
Ox is cutting a frustrating figure at the Emirates this season with the winger being used sporadically by Arsene Wenger and, in most cases, is being forced to play as a midfielder.
Unsettled by his limited playing time and the fact he is being forced out of his natural position, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is considering his options as the likes of Liverpool and most recently Manchester United look his way.
Arsenal fell further behind their rivals for a Champions League spot on Saturday afternoon, as both third-place Liverpool and fourth-place Manchester City recorded victories. Sixth-place Manchester United face bottom club Sunderland on Sunday, so the Gunners could be sixth-place by the time they kick-off on Monday at Crystal Palace.
Pressure is on Arsenal
Arsenal’s continuous presence in the Champions League for the last two decades is in major danger of ending this season. The Gunners are now seven points behind City in the table, although the Gunners do have two games in hand on the men from Manchester.
Arsenal have been perennial qualifiers for the Champions League during Arsene Wenger’s reign as boss. No English team has qualified for the competition as consistently as Arsenal in the last two decades.
However, those qualifications for Europe’s elite competition have not always been easy. There have been close calls, where the Gunners have looked like missing out on the Champions League.
This season there are major doubts about the Gunners chances of making the top-four this season. The midweek results may just have enhanced their chances.
Results went for Arsenal
Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash, in a game that could see Arsenal in a stronger position in the race for a top-four finish depending on the outcome. Arsene Wenger’s men would leapfrog Liverpool in the table if they win their two games in hand, and defeat for Liverpool would all but settle the battle for Champions League football.
In the Premier League this season, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are third with 56 points from 27 games while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are fourth with 55 points from 28 games. Arsenal are fifth with 50 points from 26 games and could make up ground on the sides above them if Sunday’s result goes their way.
According to a report from ESPN, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to leave Emirates in the summer.
England international was apparently willing to part ways with Gunners during the January transfer window but a move was blocked by the Arsenal management.
Sources now claim that Oxlade-Chamberlain will keep persisting on departure as he is determined to reignite his career out of the North London club. Arsene Wenger was quick to deny such claims, insisting he knew nothing about it and highlighting that it was him who stuck to the player during his injury spells.