Arsenal have managed to retain third position heading into the final match of the season thanks to Manchester City and Aston Villa stripping points from Newcastle and Spurs.
After Saturday’s drama-filled 3-3 draw with Norwich the Gunners needed some luck to maintain third place in their quest for Champions League football next season. Thankfully Newcastle were well beaten 2-0 by Premier League leaders Manchester City, while Spurs could only manage a 1-1 draw with relegation battling Aston Villa who only needed a point to secure top flight football.
The results mean that Spurs are one point off Arsenal, Newcastle are two, so the Gunners must win their final game away to West Brom to secure third position which is essential. If Chelsea win the Champions League final then they will take the fourth qualifying spot, meaning only third place and above will qualify.
Speaking after Arsenal’s disappointing draw, Francis Coquelin told Arsenal Player:
When you come back to 3-2 at home you expect to hold the result, and it didn’t happen so obviously the whole team is really disappointed.
We played better in the second half and scored two goals, but fair play to Norwich, they didn’t give up and got the equaliser. We’re battling for third, but this was a massive blow.
We just need to focus on West Brom and try to claim the three points.
We have one last game and we need to win.
Arsene Wenger has some serious thinking to do ahead of the clash with West Brom, Aaron Ramsey had another match to forget whereas Coquelin played very well on the ball even though he was right back. Oxlade-Chamberlain also played really well and was always threatening, so he should certainly be pushing for a starting spot for this weekend.
Personally I would like to see Jenkinson come in at right back to create a midfield of Song, Coquelin and Rosicky with either Benayoun or Oxlade-Chamberlain partnering Gervinho out wide.
What are your thoughts? Chamberlain certainly has warranted a starting spot after an inspiring display against Norwich but Benayoun adds some necessary experience to the attack that it has hard to ignore especially after his fantastic opening goal. Feel free to comment below..