Arsenal have slim chances of winning the Premier League trophy and seeing that they were hammered by Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockout stages, coach Arsene Wenger feels pressure ahead of upcoming challenges. The Gunners need to get back on course as soon as possible and it remains to be seen if they will give fans a reason for celebration as claimed by Steve Barnes, content editor over at FootballPredictions.com.
Champions League disaster
Arsenal were considered underdogs in the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, but nobody expected that they would suffer such a heavy loss to the Bundesliga giants in the last 16 of the elite competition. The Gunners suffered an embarrassing 10-2 aggregate defeat to FCB and it is no surprise fans are angry with manager Arsene Wenger. The Arsene Wenger era is ending at Arsenal and general football predictions suggest that Max Allegri will be appointed as the capital club’s new coach. Anyhow, the Emirates Stadium outfit need to recover from the heartbreaking loss to Bayern Munich as soon as possible if they are to save the season.
Top-four finish – main goal
Following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in their last league fixture, Arsenal dropped to fifth position in the Premier League standings. The Gunners aim to book their place in the Champions League group stages for the 20th season in a row, but that is easier said than done. It seem as if the Premier League has never been stronger and Arsene Wenger’s charges will have to be on top of their game in the remainder of the season if they are to qualify for the elite competition. Considering that situation at Emirates Stadium is alarming at the moment, Arsenal footballers will be under big pressure in upcoming league fixtures.
Speaking of top-table teams, Arsenal will welcome the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United at their Emirates Stadium, while facing their bitter local rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. The Gunners have yet to square off against Leicester City, Southampton, Everton and West Ham United in the second half of the season as well and, taking everything into account, the capital club face a tough fixture list in the Premier League. Seeing that important midfielder Mesut Ozil is in the recovery room and considering that fans want coach Arsene Wenger to leave the club, we predict that Alexis Sanchez and Co. will not finish the season in top four.
Gunners with one foot in the FA Cup semis
By beating the likes of Preston, Southampton and Sutton United Arsenal made it to the FA Cup quarter-finals and they face an easy task in the game against Lincoln City. Considering that Arsene Wenger’s men have slim chances of winning the Premier League trophy, we are positive that the French tactician will take forthcoming fixtures in the FA Cup very seriously and, no doubt, the capital club will save the season by lifting the prestigious title.
Arsenal are having a season to forget, but the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign could be Arsene Wenger’s last at Emirates Stadium and that should give fans some cheer. Anyhow, the Gunners face a difficult fixture list in days to come and they are unlikely to book their place in the Champions League.
About the Author
Steve Barnes is a content writer and Premier League specialist for FootballPredictions.com. In his spare time he likes to play Fifa 17 on the PS4 and betting on football matches.