Many Arsenal fans are already categorizing this season as one of the team’s biggest flops yet as the red side of London has just recently been knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Blackburn and are seemingly glaring at a last 16 exit out of the UEFA Champions league – but Arsene Wenger still has his hopes set high as he is determined that his team can realistically finish in the top 2 in the English Premier League.
The North London side have had some suppressing knock outs in their two domestic cups while their third and final hope at winning a trophy hangs on the edge as the Gunner’s look to redeem their 3-1 thumping against Bayern Munich on the 13th of March.
Arsene Wenger has been constantly under fire over his team’s performance this season but the French Professor proclaims he is assertive that his side can convincingly make the top 2 behind Manchester United – but confesses it will be an uphill battle.
“I’m not sure it will only be a fight with Tottenham,” he said of a prospective fight for fourth place.
“I’m not sure the other places are not reachable. Chelsea are just ahead and even Manchester City is not out of reach. It could be a tight fight until the end.”
The Arsenal veteran is also crumbling to unceasing pressure to spend big during the summer break. Arsenal has announced they are sitting on a cash reserve of £123.3 million and Gooners are begging for the Professor to buy quality players that can definitely promise some silverware in the 2013/14 season.
Fans are frustrated about Arsene’s procrastination during transfer windows and are beseeching him to purchase big named and big money signings. After Arsenal suffered a massive blow of losing Robin Van Persie to rivals Manchester United, the Gunners seemed to have dropped in confidence but Chairman Peter Hill-Wood thinks otherwise.
‘Let me be quite clear that our intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to make us stronger,’ Hill-Wood stated.
‘Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to new long-term contracts.’
The Chairman also said: ‘Our ability to compete at the top of the game here and in Europe is underpinned by our financial performance which gives the club strength and independence.
‘Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will remain our constant guide.’
Arsenal has just narrowly defeated Aston Villa 2-1 to close in on bitter opponents Chelsea and Tottenham. Arsenal remains 4 points behind Tottenham, who are in third, and 2 points behind the former Champions of Europe who sit in fourth. With Everton now sitting 5 points below the Gunners, Arsene firmly believes that second or third is theirs to take if the team can gain more confidence and play until the final whistle.
“We continued to play until the last second of the game and we will continue to do that until the end of the season. Recently in the Premier League we have not conceded too many. But I think we have to improve a little bit the number of goals we are scoring because in recent games we created a lot of chances but didn’t take advantage.”
“Right now, confidence is our best friend and a lack of confidence is our worst enemy. Both of them are very fragile.
“We were nervous [against Villa] because we had absolutely to win. We had hit twice the wall in one week.”
Within the game itself, Arsene Wenger might convey more respect than almost any other manager surrounding him. He is a figure of great pride when it comes to his club and his image instantly lifts the prominence of Arsenal. Especially before the crucial derby this weekend, fans must be reminded how influential the Professor has been to the club and that never in his reign as he led Arsenal to finish below Tottenham.
Although sometimes fans fail to understand his motives, Gooners must place their trust in the hands of Arsene – and yes, that means you Piers Morgan.
So, what do we all think? Is a top 2/3 finish in Arsenal’s sight? Or is Arsene on something he shouldn’t be?
*All quotes from www.arsenal.com *
Written by Siobhan Pedroza
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