Arsenal fans can still smile.
I wonder whether there will be many sore heads in North London after Arsenal’s disappointing exit to Barcelona last night. Arsenal fans have seen their team go out in the 1st knockout round while Spurs remain odds on favourites to go through tonight.. However it can’t be all doom and gloom for the Gunners with two domestic trophies still to play for. I believe there are three good reasons why Arsenal fans shouldn’t give up on their season just yet.
Domestic Success Still Possible
Arsenal still have the FA Cup and Premier League to win although this could change as early as Saturday should they suffer defeat at hands of Man United. While this is possible, especially with the tie being at Old Trafford, Arsenal would still have the league to aim for. Perhaps this could be their year with a first title since 2004 achievable given they are 3 points behind United with a game in hand. Arsenal also has to play United at the Emirates in May which could be the potential title decider. Should United beat Marseille to reach to quarters and beat Arsenal on Saturday, there fixtures will soon begin to pile up. The Gunners on the other hand could solely concentrate on the league which is surely their first priority now they are out of the Champions League.
Beaten By The Best Team
Going out to Barcelona is nothing to be ashamed about as they should be considered the best team in the world right now. Arsenal did well at the Emirates and to come to the Nou Camp with a lead, never mind have a chance of going through was worthy applause on its own. They were not embarrassed this year, going out by just the 1 goal margin on aggregate. Unlike last season’s encounter where it finished 4-1 with Messi bagging all four. While the sending off wasn’t ever going to change the game, it was a ridiculous decision by the referee and one which ended Arsenal hopes of securing another away goal, unless any one rates Bendtner.
Carling Cup defeat and this can Spur Gunners on.
This defeat may not have been as disappointing as the Carling Cup one but both can be used to reignite Arsenal’s season. Wenger admitted last nights game had been a distraction over the last couple of weeks and it was tough motivating the side for games such as Leyton Orient and Sunderland. The Carling Cup was their easiest chance of silverware this season (no disrespect to Birmingham) but the Champions League was always going to be a difficult prospect. Now Wenger’s Players must pick themselves up, brush themselves down and fight like men if they are to save their season. Senior players such as Nasri, Fabregas, and RVP who have felt this pain before, should help the younger players such as Wilshire get through this poor run. Arsenal will have the chance right away in which to light up their season once again and there would be no better place to do it than at Old Trafford. United are also rocking after two straight Premier League defeats to arch rivals Chelsea and Liverpool. Saturday should be a classic and if Arsenal can gain the victory needed it would not only reignite their season but also put Sir Alex Ferguson’s team even more in the spotlight and further dent their confidence.
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