It’s been a long and somewhat turbulent campaign for both Aston Villa and Arsenal over the course of the last twelve months, but finally, the end is in sight for both. Both clubs have a chance at having one hell of a successful finale, but at the same time, mass failure is also on the table.
The two clubs are set to meet at Villa Park tomorrow night, and prior to that encounter, we thought it’d be good to give our own thoughts on what we think is going to go down. It’s hardly guaranteed to be a backburner, but either way, we’re hoping that they both put on a show in the second city.
Villa need six points from their final two games and they need other results to go their way in order to survive – or, at least, that’s what it looks like. While Bournemouth could still make a little bit of noise, it appears to be a straight shootout between Dean Smith’s men and Watford in order to determine who will be playing in the Championship once again next season. They’ve quite literally just got to throw everything against the wall here because if they don’t, their fans will never forgive them.
There are now two entry points into next season’s UEFA Europa League for Arsenal: they could win the FA Cup, or they finish 7th. Neither of those two outcomes is going to be easy, and it’ll all come down to whether or not Mikel Arteta will put all of his eggs in the FA Cup basket. They have to beat Aston Villa and Watford in the league, both of whom are fighting for their lives, while also hoping results go their way elsewhere. With the FA Cup, they simply need to beat Chelsea in the final and they’re in.
We think this is where Villa’s journey back in the Premier League all but comes to an end courtesy of a Gunners masterclass. We know that this is exactly the kind of game Arsenal would usually lose, but it feels as if Arteta is really starting to put his own stamp on the club. We don’t think this is going to be an overwhelmingly fun game for the neutrals to watch, but it’ll give us a good idea of where both clubs are heading.
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