Last season’s result; Arsenal 2-0 West Brom
Arsenal are close to sealing fourth position and a place in the UEFA Champions League for next season. The Gunners are four points ahead of Everton and the race would be over if Arsenal win against the Baggies.
However, the race could be confirmed even before Arsenal kick the ball as Everton face Manchester City at Goodison Park.
While Arsenal are fighting for fourth, West Brom are also in a battle to retain their Premier League status for next year. The Baggies are currently in 15th position with 36 points, just 4 points clear of the drop zone and a win would confirm their stay in the EPL.
In fact does ANY league game ever affect the completely different approach to a Cup Final? I certainly don’t think this one will. For starters Arsene Wenger is expected to start with lots of experienced players in today’s Arsenal squad to keep everything calm in the racxe for the coveted fourth-place Wenger Trophy, but in the wide open spaces of Wembley a younger fitter team will be needed to cope with the full 90 minutes (or longer?).
There is a theory that the bookies are always right, but if that was true, Arsenal would be around mid-table and out of the FA cup by now. The media and so-called football experts have been predicting doom and disaster for Arsenal since the season began, but they also predicted that Tottenham would rule north London this season and knock us out of the Champions League places, so what do they know?
Don’t forget Bradford and Birmingham by Peter Rooke
I know that all Arsenal fans are very exhilirated right now with being the VERY hot favourites to win the FA Cup, while still being in with a shout in the Premier League and the Champions League (for today anyway!) but someone has been brave enough to stick their heads above the parapet and asked the crazy question…WHAT IF….?
Okay he is not an Arsenal fan, in fact he probably hates Arsenal, just as much as we hate him, but Andy Gray has asked how Gooners will feel if we have another Wembley blowout like we did against Birmingham a few years ago:
Arsenal’s champions league fate for this season lies in tomorrow’s game against Bayern Munich. The Gunners will travel to the Allianz area, Munich, in Germany for what could be our last Champions League game of the season if the result doesn’t fall in Arsenal’s favour by a considerable amount.
At this moment in time, the World Cup will surely be far from the minds of the many Arsenal players who will undoubtedly be boarding their nations’ respective planes to Brazil for this summer’s finals. There’s the small matter of contesting the UEFA Champions League, The FA Cup and winning out in the Premier League Mexican stand-off with Manchester City and Chelsea with the Gunners to think about first.
Nonetheless, international greatness could be just around the corner for some of our side’s leading lights. Here are a few of the men in Arsenal’s squad who could really make a mark in Brazil:
Arsenal will welcome their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates this Saturday for the FA Cup 3rd round tie that has caused the financial uproar of the season. There has been a lot of complaints and reports in the social media over the match day tickets, which are ranging up to a supposed £125 according to today’s Daily Mail. The Category A game, which should be classed as a category B game at the very most, has left fans hoping that, for the sake of what we are being forced to pay, that Arsenal turn out with quality and class to overturn Spurs with all guns blazing.
After a good weekend of Premier League results following on from the dreaded international break, Arsenal now return to Champions League action. Arsenal will welcome French side Marseille to the Emirates for the 5th group stage game of the campaign in this years Champions League competition.
In the return fixture in France, Arsenal won the opening game with confidence, winning the game reasonably comfortably 2-1. So the hopes will be high that The Gunners can better the scoreline this time around on home turf, or at the very least, pick up the same result.
Arsenal are finally back from the international break and to be honest, it did us a world of good. A plethora of players got an entire week’s rest and the likes of Ramsey and Arteta even got two weeks. It also afforded us the time to properly bring Walcott back into training and he is completely fit to play again (although he’ll understandably be rusty for the next couple of games).
Southampton at home is going to be one of the more difficult games this season. They have been excellent this season and Pochettino has ensured that Southampton build on their good work last season by amassing an impressive 22 points at such an early stage and there is no sign they’ll let up.