Not content with their dramatic meltdown in the Premier League title race, Arsenal are now attempting to squander a place in the top four Champions League positions too. Arsenal played Swansea City on Tuesday at the Emirates, and despite an initial comeback from a goal behind to lead 2-1, they conspired to draw the game 2-2 in the final moments of the match.
With Manchester City visiting them on Saturday, it could get very tense as Everton chase them down for that final Champions League place. Everton still have a game in hand on Arsenal, which is a home game against Crystal Palace, and they currently sit only six points behind the Gunners. Arsenal and Everton also still have to play each other on April 6 in what will obviously be a crucial game in the race for fourth place.
The way Arsenal are capitulating at the minute, the gap will be less than the six points it currently is when they do meet. Why are Arsenal even in this position though? How do you go from leading the league for the majority of the season to being chased down by the team in fifth place? How do you fall that far? The problem for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger is that this is not the first time this has happened.
Arsenal are beginning to be known for being the best when the pressure is off, and not turning up when it is on. This season is not the first time they have failed when it really mattered in terms of the league title, and now they’re going to have to show up and perform when it really matters for fourth place instead.
They still have an FA Cup semifinal against Wigan Athletic to worry about too, which is looking like a great opportunity for Wigan right now. It’s a dramatic comedown in a dramatic space of time for Arsenal once again.
You have to really doubt their ability and mentality in big games — there’s no way you can’t. Everton look like they could well win more important games in the run-in than Arsenal will. This is just an indication of where Arsenal really stand in the Premier League landscape.
We’ve heard where they’re supposed to be and where a lot of people thought they might be, but this, right now, is the reality of where they really are. They were supposed to be right in the title mix, and finishing in the top four should have been a consolation prize that they could at least fall back on.
Right now, Arsenal are falling back, but where they’ll land though is anybody’s guess.