- Written by Barnaby Merrill
Quite simply, this is Arsenal’s biggest game for several years. It may seem innocuous enough, but this away-day trip to a mid-table club is one on which the club’s future could hinge.
Failure to win on Sunday will likely result in Arsenal being overtaken by Sp*rs and forced into fourth, or worse, fifth place in the Premier League. Both positions will reduce Arsenal’s income and pulling power, especially with Chelsea’s possible stealing of the last Champions League spot with victory in the final of said competition.
This could have untold consequences on the club’s finances and abilities to remain any kind of force in English football. Arsenal could sink into mediocrity.
- Written by Matt Morris
The last three games for Arsenal are turning out to be huge. It starts with Stoke on Saturday in what is usually a difficult game for the Gunners. It is well known that the Britannia is a tough stadium to go to and I believe this will be a big test for Arsenal who have only recorded two wins in their last five premier league games.
Battle for Third
The Gunners currently hold third place by three points from an in form Newcastle, who have a game in hand. The third place spot has become much more important this week due to Chelsea’s heroics at the Nou Camp in midweek. It may only be the top three that get champions league football this year, and therefore Arsenal must press on and get maximum points from the last three fixtures.
- Written by Shane Thomas
How Arsenal's 2011/12 campaign will be remembered may depend heavily on Saturday's game against Chelsea.
Just as the Gunners looked to be in cruise control in securing 3rd place and automatic qualification for next season's Champions League, they ran into a well-drilled Wigan side and fell to their first home defeat against the Lancashire outfit since the inception of the Premier League.
To use the convoluted Iain Dowie phrase, Arsenal have shown "bouncebackability" in the second half of the season. Much of Arsenal's rise to 3rd place in the table has been down to the positive way they have responded to defeats.
The dispiriting FA Cup elimination at Sunderland was followed up by the unforgettably chimeric demolition of Tottenham. The lethargic 2-1 reverse against QPR was offset by a 1-0 win over Manchester City that flattered the one time champions-elect.
Arsenal will have to repeat the trick for a third time to keep the hordes of Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea at bay in the race to make next season's Champions League.
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