From Moscow to Newcastle with love. Following their visit to the Russian capital to play CSKA Moscow tomorrow night, Arsenal will have to quickly re-adjust for a visit to high-flying Newcastle United who are currently riding a three-game win streak in the Premier League. Many will see it as a relatively pointless game for the Gunners, but if they wind up losing, we can just about guarantee that the cries of Wenger Out will commence once again.
In the span of two years, the Magpies have been transformed from a team destined to slip down the Football League to a team who could once again solidify their position as Premier League mainstays. It’s an exciting time to be a Newcastle fan with Benitez leading the charge, and they’ll have every reason to believe that they can hold the fort against Arsenal this weekend and pull off yet another big victory.
Of course, despite the recent success of the Geordies, some Arsenal supporters refuse to let the board forget that they aren’t happy with the way the club is being run right now, and as a result, they won’t accept anything other than a resounding victory. You could argue that they should indeed be expecting that as a bare minimum but in reality, dropping points against Newcastle wouldn’t be the end of the world.
After all, they’d be coming off the back of an exhausting trip to Russia, in a game that will probably see them cement their place in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. With all of that excitement to contend with, it’ll be difficult to get themselves motivated for a game which doesn’t really mean all that much courtesy of the Gunners’ inability to keep up with the pack in the top four race.
Should they be able to overcome Newcastle United? Yes. Should they be forgiven if they fail to pick up three points? Absolutely. The goal and the aim is Champions League football and realistically speaking, lifting the Europa League trophy is their only remaining avenue with which to achieve that.
We aren’t saying Arsenal fans need to suspend their beliefs if they’re embarrassed against a team fighting to avoid relegation, but save the protests until after their Europa League adventure is over. Build for the future – don’t dwell on the past.
Speaking of the game, bet365 have odds of 11/10 for Arsenal to pick up the win on Sunday.