As badly as Arsenal’s season has gone there is still hope for a successful end. This despite the dwindling crowds at the Emirates and protests against Wenger. The Gunners will look to use the Europa League as their last throw of the dice. Missing out on automatic qualification for the Champions League looks all but certain. Arsenal sit 12 points off fourth and importantly, 13 points off neighbours Spurs.
There is no sugar-coating it, the league campaign has been as bad as it can be. Inconsistency and a lack of desire has plagued the North London club. The frustration at the Emirates has been at an all-time high. The off-field unrest appears to have fallen on deaf ears. That may well change, with a large chunk of the Emirates goers deciding to vote with their feet.
Forcing the Arsenal board into action looked impossible. Arsene Wenger’s business background has resulted in the club making a huge amount of money. The lack of feet and money through the turnstile will bring the board to the negotiating table. Having the funds dry up is the last thing the Arsenal board will tolerate. Even Arsene Wenger admitted his concern over the empty seats.
Lots of empty seats here at the Emirates. As much as Thursday’s victory in the San Siro was glorious nothing changes in terms of Arsene Wenger needing to leave Arsenal in order for the club to once again challenge in the Premier League. Whether he will is another matter entirely pic.twitter.com/QwSVOjLQ5E
— Layth (@laythy29) March 11, 2018
Hope still springs eternal for the Arsenal despite being 100/1 to finish in the top four. Wenger’s men are well placed to proceed in the Europa League. Winning the Europa League guarantees Arsenal play in the Champions League next year.
The Gunners are in a prime position to see the Italian job through against AC Milan. A faultless performance at the San Siro has set them up for the quarter-finals. From there, the Emirates club will be within touching distance. Momentum will be on the side of Wenger’s men and it shows, with them at 4/1 to win the Europa League.
1 – Arsenal are the first side to beat AC Milan at the San Siro in the Europa League/UEFA Cup since February 2002 (0-1 v Roda JC) – the Italians had gone 10 games without losing between these defeats. Optimism. pic.twitter.com/FefVTG7fuQ
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2018
The favourites Atletico Madrid will be Arsenal’s biggest challengers. Their odds of 7/4 are more than justified. The Spanish club has the strongest side left in the tournament. Arsenal’s quest for European glory requires a few more hurdles to be passed. The important thing is that they are still alive.
There is no doubt Wenger will feel that he can keep his job if he produces European success. It will be a tense few midweek fixtures for Arsenal; a few magical European nights at the Emirates may sway some fans. Punters looking for football betting tips for tonight can also claim a £30 free bet from William Hill. The European games are now coming thick and fast with the business end in sight. The importance of winning the Europa League for Arsenal cannot be overstated.
It would almost serve as a get out of jail free card after the struggles in the league. Missing out on Champions League football again would compound Arsenal’s problems.
Everyone connected to the Arsenal should be energized by the fact their season isn’t over. It is easy to see why the fans may not feel that way. Winning the Europa League could mean Wenger’s gets a reprieve. If the Frenchman stays on, so does the disdain and protests. A catch twenty-22 situation if there ever was one.