As our Arsenal fans here in the Transfer Tavern reach the final stretch of what has been a tough Premier League season for them, the Gunners find themselves in an unusual position.
Out of the top four race, 13 points behind local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, our regulars know that the Gunners must look to the Europa League as their only hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, much like Man United did last season. They have – despite almost suffering a second leg collapse to CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals – ensured a semi-final place, but there are still some big teams in their way, should they hope to win the competition.
Sitting fairly comfortably in sixth in the Premier League with many of the remaining fixtures they would hope and expect to win, now could be the time for Arsene Wenger to start planning for life after him at the Emirates.
Although Arsenal have wilted in recent times, these last six fixtures would be a good opportunity to plan for next season by blooding some of their young players, and our bar staff are in full agreement. Indeed Wenger has some exciting prospects at hand and our landlord has picked TWO of the most exciting Arsenal youth players you will know all about very soon…
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