As Arsenal gear up for the most important few months of Arsene Wenger’s tenure (in recent years anyway), it’s time to try and look on the positive side of things. We’ve been guilty of presenting negative opinions over the course of the season, but now, the Gunners need everyone to get behind them – to an extent.
Some of their matches leading up to the final day are going to be trickier than others, meanwhile, these three should be seen as virtual certainties for victory. Things aren’t always that simple, of course, but we’re choosing to believe in the Frenchman.
Stoke City (H) – April 1st
A home game against one of the relegation battlers at this stage of the season can be seen as tricky, but for the Gunners, they shouldn’t have much of a problem. They’re riding a wave of momentum at the moment and the Potters are really struggling to make any kind of progress, and that’s putting it kindly. Arsenal have the attacking prowess to put them to the sword, and they probably won’t even need to put out their first team in order to do it.
CSKA Moscow (H) – April 5th
While no game in Europe is ever easy, Arsenal should be feeling pretty confident about this one. With this being the first leg of a two-legged tie, they should be seeing this as the perfect opportunity to make a real statement. Moscow are a decent enough team but the Gunners are one of the favourites to win the competition for a reason, and there’s nothing to suggest they’ll have much for them away from home.
West Ham (H) – April 22nd
West Ham United are the definition of a team in trouble, as the David Moyes project continues to gain more and more critics. For the time being it’s wise to assume that a London derby of this nature could change the atmosphere, but that probably won’t be the case. In what could be one of Arsene Wenger’s final home games at the Emirates, he’ll want to go out with a bang – especially if they’re going to still be challenging in the Europa League.