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Is it time to face reality?

Posted on April 29, 2020 by Harry Kettle

It’s starting to look like the Premier League season may now be voided, despite fans being desperate to see it return in one way or another.

That may sound like a pretty dramatic way of viewing it, given that some leagues seem to be hellbent on starting things back up again, but the truth hurts sometimes. The reality of the situation has never been more obvious: Eredivisie has been cancelled, Ligue 1 has been cancelled, and a string of other top leagues appear to be hanging on by a thread. We know there’s a clear demand to see things get back to normal, but that just isn’t realistic right now.

At this moment in time, Arsenal are positioned in 9th place and almost certainly would not be granted a place in either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League. Still, if the season is voided for good, we think that could prove to be a good thing for the club.

Instead of hanging their hopes on trying to get back into the UCL through the Europa League, which is what they’ve been doing for the last three years, they’ll only have three competitions to worry about: the Premier League, the FA Cup and the League Cup (even though the latter should probably be scrapped now, but we digress).

Financially speaking it isn’t going to be great for the club and they may lose some star players, but it’d be a great chance for Mikel Arteta to build a squad that works for him. Sure, it’s been a bit of a rocky start to his tenure as manager at the Emirates, but that doesn’t mean we should be writing him off altogether.

The Gunners have been away from the title picture and away from the Champions League for far too long now, and you aren’t going to find all too many pundits who disagree with that.

This is a club that should be riding high as one of the true top dogs in English football, but they’ve been stuck in a shadow that they haven’t been able to get out of ever since Arsene Wenger left. While we do respect the Frenchman for what he did at the club, the impact of his last few years in North London continue to be felt to this day.

So while it’s hard to accept, the Premier League not returning until next season could be a blessing in disguise. Stay safe out there.

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