In light of Arsenal’s dashed hopes of progressing into the last eight of the Champions League, we discuss the Gunners chances of finishing third in the Premier League and also beatinh Manchester United to progress in the FA Cup.
Elsewhere, we’ll also provide you with the some of the key points behind Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to AS Monaco while Per Mertesacker gives the reason behind their loss against the Ligue One side.
Arsenal to finish third and win the FA Cup.
Arsenal’s hopes of progressing further in the Champions League were left hanging by a thread after their unprecedented loss to AS Monaco on Wednesday night. Arsene Wenger’s side has a huge task at hand after conceding three goals, somewhat of a mammoth task due to the away goal rule. However, Arsenal can still finish third in the League standings and win the FA Cup.
The League is far beyond our reach at this moment but there is a genuinely realistic chance that we could reclaim the FA Cup.
Even though we have to play against Manchester United in their own back yard, fate has me believing that with resilience, technicality and cohesiveness, we could just knick it: we’ve proven it before against Manchester City.
United’s only realistic chance of securing a trophy a silverware this season lies in the FA Cup so Arsenal will certainly not have it easy. But we want this, we need this and we need to take it!
Key points from the Champions League loss to Monaco.
Everything seemed to be working for us this season, from the draw against AS Monaco to the build-up of the match itself. The Ligue One side were the underdog and Arsenal seemed destined to win, but you can never really count tour chickens until the eggs hatch.
Monaco – clearly aware they were the ‘second best’ team – came with guns blazing and registered an emphatic 3-1 win at the Emirates. Why and how could this have happened? Here are a few key points from the match:
We didn’t learn our lesson from the Emirates Cup Monaco beat us in the Emirates Cup at the start of the season and we should have known better that their physical presence coupled by their counter attacking football would pose a serious threat to our defence. Our back four was lackluster and we left far too many spaces going forward. Hopefully we still have a second chance to redeem ourselves.
Danny Welbeck MUST be clinical
Ooh the days of Thierry Henry when all the goal scoring chances we had were converted. Summer signing Danny Welbeck can be frustrating to watch, especially considering the number of chances that come his way before he can finally score. At this rate, he could just become the new Gervinho.
Mertesacker claims they were too motivated against Monaco.
Per Mertesacker has revealed on the official Arsenal website why the Gunners lost to Monaco on Wednesday night in their first leg of their Champions League round of 16. The towering German has admitted that over eagerness and too much adrenaline left them vulnerable.
“Overall it’s very disappointing for us,” he said on Arsenal Player. “We came out quite well, tried to put pressure on them and created a few half-chances. After, we dropped and fought not to concede.
“That would have been the key for us, then we conceded that goal with a heavy deflection – but that can happen. I thought in the second half we exaggerated a bit, looked a bit over motivated at times and they got us on the break.”
He added that:
“That’s what we expected, but when you try to come back as quickly as possible, you can make some mistakes. That’s what hurt at the end.
“We never give up. That’s always the sense of our game, even if the expectations will be low now. It’s easy to write us off now but it’s just half-time. A lot of things can happen over there and we will try.”
If you truly are as good as your last game, then the BFG is way past his peak.
Former Arsenal great to become Mayor of London?
Sol Campbell is the last person you would think about when it comes to politics in the City of London. Well the British Conservative party is planning to line up the former Arsenal defender as their candidate.
Sol met with representatives for the Tories towards the end of last year and although it’s unclear what they deliberated on, he could just be in-line to become the next Mayor of London in 2016, according to reports by the Sun.
When asked on whether he was interested in the role, Campbell replied with an astounding “definitely”.
“We’ll see what happens, said Campbell. A few more conversations have to take place. The voters need to see someone who can connect with them.”
Wishing Sol Campbell all the best.