Arsenal’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with Swansea yesterday was not only a disappointing result, the draw all but ends the Gunners hopes of winning the Premier League title this season. The bigger worry now is that the side from north London could even lose out on fourth place and a Champions League spot.
Arsenal’s next two games are a home clash against in-form Manchester City and then a visit to another in-form side Everton, who are looking to replace the Gunners in the top four. Those two games look like tough fixtures for anybody at the moment, never mind an Arsenal side looking like the lack confidence.
For much of the season Everton looked like contenders for that fourth spot, but a slump in away results meant the Toffees looked like they were fading away. However, Roberto Martinez’s side have won their last four Premier League games and all of a sudden seem to be finishing the season in strong fashion.
The team from Merseyside are just six points behind the Gunners with a game in-hand. While Arsenal take on title challengers City this weekend, the Toffees visit Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side destined for the Championship.
I know which team I would rather play at the moment. City will be high on confidence after that derby day demolition of Manchester United and will travel to the Emirates expecting another away victory.
Hopefully City will be too complacent and the Gunners can produce a better performance than the ones they have in recent games. If not then they could be in for another nightmare day against one of the Premier League’s top four.
Arsenal fans can take solace in the fact that the Gunners have only suffered one Premier League defeat at the Emirates this season, on the opening day of the season to Aston Villa.
The Gunners made a dream start to their Premier League campaign, looking like they could be genuine contenders for the Premier League title. A few bad results in recent weeks and all of a sudden their place in the top four looks in jeopardy.
This season’s battle for fourth place could again go right down to the wire, something which earlier this season would have been unthinkable. The Gunners are still odds of 1/5 to finish in the top four though.
At times Arsenal have been accused of lacking characters within their team. The current Gunners team still seems to lack the big players to drag them through difficult situations. If there are any characters left in that dressing room, now is the time they stepped-up.
The Gunners season could hinge on the next few games and if the players do respond in the correct manner to their last two disappointing results, then they could very well be facing up to a disastrous end to the campaign.
Is Arsenal’s place in the top four of the Premier League at jeopardy?