Arsenal’s visit to Wolves Molineux later tonight is a massive one for the Gunners when it comes to their Champions League qualification hopes this season.
A 3-2 home defeat against Crystal Palace last time out has certainly thrown a spanner in the works of the Gunners top-four challenge. Most people took for granted that that Arsenal would win the clash, including the players it seemed, such was the Gunners stellar home form.
Wolves game now even more vital
The trip to Molineux to face Wolves was always going to be a vital one. The defeat against Palace has just made the clash even more important for Unai Emery’s side. The loss against the Eagles has seen the Gunners slip out of the top-four to fifth-place.
However, Arsenal still has qualification in their own hands, as the game in Midlands is their game in hand on both Chelsea and Tottenham. A draw would move the Gunners back above Chelsea into fourth place, but only on goal difference, while a victory would move the north London team to within a point of third-place arch-rivals Tottenham.
Surprising weekend for results
The weekend results involving the top-four challengers were surprising, none of the teams chasing Champions League football recorded a win. In fact, three of the four teams behind Liverpool and Manchester City suffered defeats, while Chelsea could just muster a draw at home against Burnley.
Arsenal do not look that reliable at the moment. However, you could say the same about their rivals for the Champions League spots. Even when Tottenham defeated Brighton on Tuesday night, they needed an 89th-minute winner from Christian Eriksen to record a 1-0 win. It was hardly convincing.
Nervous times ahead for Arsenal fans
Arsenal are of course in the thick of the race for the top four spots this season. However, the Gunners position look a lot more comfortable prior to the defeat against Crystal Palace.
At the minute, any of the four contenders could finish in the top four, although Manchester United and Chelsea’s recent form suggest they will be the ones to miss out on Champions League football next season.
I suggest Arsenal fans are in for some nervous times ahead between now and the end of the campaign. However, the current situation is preferable to the one of the last few years of not being near the top-four spots at this time of the season.
Will the race for the Champions League spots go to the day of the campaign?