Arsenal will head into their last game of the season at the weekend against Aston Villa with a chance of finishing as Premier League runners-up. The Gunners will kick-off on the final day just two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham.
Tottenham having a wobble in form
Tottenham have failed to win their last two games and that has enabled the Gunners to get within touching distance of their city-rivals. Tottenham rather surprisingly slipped-up against Southampton at home in a game that could have sealed second spot for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Tottenham’s form in the last few games has been in in-keeping with the rest of the campaign. On the final weekend Spurs travel to relegation-threatened Newcastle, who could still be fighting to maintain their top-flight status.
Would second place be any consolation for Arsenal fans?
For much of the campaign Arsenal were title contenders, then a lack of consistency in February and March saw Arsene Wenger’s side slipping out of contention for that elusive Premier League title.
Second or third place will seal an automatic spot in the Champions League for next season. It seems unlikely that the Gunners will lose against Villa, so fourth-place Manchester City looks unlikely to surpass Arsene Wenger’s side this season.
Whether a second-place finish would have constituted a successful campaign at the start of the season is debatable, but it probably would not have been at the start of the year, as the Gunners were top of the Premier League table.
However, a couple of weeks ago second place would have seemed like a good finish for Arsene Wenger’s side this season. The Gunners are now odds of 9/4 to finish in second place, probably largely based on the fact that the side from north London.
Still have not won the Premier League title
Whether Arsenal finish in second or third in the Premier League, this season will probably always be remembered as the one that the Gunners blew their best chance of winning the Premier League title.
Leicester have been highly-consistent this season, but early in the year this title was Arsenal’s to lose and typical Gunners style in the past decade they snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory.
At times Arsenal did not show enough guile, quality or even fighting spirit to be crowned champions this season and second place may only be a consolation prize to the money men of the club.
Would finishing second in the EPL be an achievement for Arsenal?