Having failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League thanks to a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League last term, Arsenal now face the serious prospect of missing out for the second season running. Prior to the 2016/17 campaign, the Gunners had made it into Europe’s elite competition every season since 1997.
While such a record may not seem like anything to panic about, it should be taken into consideration the impact that finishing outside of the top four can have a on a club over the long term. Former Champions League regulars such as Liverpool and more recently, Manchester United, have struggled to get back into the competition after repeatedly missing out on the top four. In fact, the Manchester side only returned to the competition this season after a two-year absence thanks to a rule change which offered the Europa League winners a spot in the group stages. Continue reading
TalkSPORT pundit Joey Barton feels Arsenal supporters have something to worry about as Arsene Wenger could potentially be sacked from the head coach role. The 67-year-old signed a fresh two-year extension earlier in May after he guided the Gunners to their third FA Cup title in four seasons. The north London giants missed out on Champions League qualification with a fifth-placed finish last term, and they have started the new campaign in a relatively slow fashion with just 13 points from the opening eight games.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Barton believes it is only a matter of time before the Gunners’ hierarchy decide to cut ties with the long-standing manager. The former Burnley midfielder also compared the Frenchman‘s situation at the Emirates to one of a late night reveller.
Arsenal were humiliated for a third successive game versus German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as they were beaten by the same scoreline yet again – 5-1.
Bayern Munich scored all five goals in the final 36 minutes of the game at the Emirates, leading to more and more calls for the Gunners boss to be dismissed this month, or at least before the start of next season. Continue reading
Arsenal would be a relieved and happy unit to know that they don’t have to depend on anyone else now for their qualification to the European Cup knockouts.
After losing three out of their first four games, Arsenal had got into a situation where they had to hope for Bayern Munich to get the better of Olympiacos for them to remain alive in the tournament.