Yet again Arsenal fans have had to endure a nerve-wracking end of season as the Gunners have had to up their game to fight against Tottenham for a place in the Champions League, and yet again it looks like the Gunners are just going to do enough to win the “Wenger Cup”, but Theo Walcott wonders why the squad don’t ever play so well at the beginning of the campaign.
The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has finally reached his target of 20 goals this season, and feels that the club has finally achieved some consistency after having trouble finding their form earlier in the season.
Although he has reached a personal milestone he is more worried about the club’s position right now. “Twenty goals was my target for the season. I said a few weeks back that I was short on goals but I wanted the team to be where we should be rather than reaching my personal goals.
After losing to Bradford in the League Cup quarter-final and dropping to a massive 18 points behind Manchester United in the race for the Premiership, most Arsenal fans will have practically given up on the Gunners getting anything out of this season (they are now 80/1 in the Premier League Odds), but the fact is that they still have chances of winning the FA Cup and of course the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger has been talking about Arsenal’s remaining targets for this season, and confirmed the importance of defeating Liverpool in their search for a Big Four finish.
“Chelsea, Newcastle and Liverpool are in the fight for the top four.
“We have a good opportunity to put Liverpool far behind us, and we want to take it.
“We are in a fight with Chelsea, especially being on the same level of points, so every point we can take now is vital until the end of the season. We know in the Champions¬ League¬ we have a massive score against us, but if we get a good result at Liverpool¬ I think we still have a chance.
The Arsenal midfielder Thomas Rosicky is not overly bothered that the Gunners scored seven goals against Blackburn, but should just be happy that they have finally produced a top class performance and must now continue that form to carry them into the Top Four of the Premiership.
The Czech international said: “We recently had an unsuccessful spell so this is something we can build on,”
“We can be happy after this game but the most important thing is to carry a performance like that and fight for a Champions League spot.
Arsene Wenger has responded to the strange comments by Peter Hill-Wood this week that it would not be a problem if Arsenal missed out on a Champions League place, despite the Gunners qualifying every year for the last 15 seasons.
Hill-Wood said: “We have been planning for not qualifying every year, so it is not a disaster, but it would be nice if we could.”
But Arsene Wenger disagrees and said on Arsenal.com that it indeed WOULD be a disaster if the club fails to make it 16 years in a row.
Arsenal’s chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted that there’s a possibility for the Gunners not to catch a Champions League spot at the end of the season and that the board is preparing financially for that exact possibility.
“We are hanging on in there, no more,” he told the Daily Star of the club’s current position.
“From a financial point of view, not qualifying for the Champions League is quite a blow.
“We have been planning for not qualifying every year, so it’s not a disaster, but it would be nice if we could.”
The Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny feels the Arsenal team are supremely confident right now and are aiming to win every game, and thinks that a top four finish is the least that they expect this season.
He said: “We just want to win every single game from now on. We’re very confident going into every game and we feel we have what it takes to get the three points.
“Hopefully we will climb up the table and just do our best. Realistically we are aiming for the top four but if we manage to do that then we are just going to do our best to finish as high as we can.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger seems to feel like the Gunners are back in the fight for the top four spots even though they are currently on the 7th position. The 4th place is 3 points away from Arsenal but it looks like the Frenchman is trying to figure out a plan to attack the title and get Manchester City off the first place in the league.
“The whole view is that, after a bad start, we are back in contention to fight for the Champions League places. We’re not at the moment [contending] for the championship but our target is to get back into that position.”
Arsene Wenger played along with Wilshere’s bet for a while, but now it’s time to be serious about things and the Frenchman declared that he doesn’t care that much about who is on top of whom just as long as they reach the target at the end of the season, and for the moment the target is to be in the top four.
“At the moment Spurs are fighting for the top four like we do. At the end we can both be in the top four, and we will try everything possible to be in front of them, but that is not enough for me,” said Wenger