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Arsenal Still Invincible Despite Cherries Defeat

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No doubt about it, Sunday was a day defined by emotions.

As Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe smashed in Bournemouth’s equalising and winning goals within four minutes of each other at the Vitality Stadium, the despair from one half of North London was clear.

Anger, frustration and a feeling of the inevitability ravaged its way through the travelling support as Arsenal fell even more out of touch with the Premier League big boys as the Cherries took a vital victory in their bid to avoid the drop.

To make matters worse, their neighbours Tottenham continue to rip up trees (largely thanks to the exploits of Harry Kane) and look like the side the Gunners really should be.

However, despite the angst and almost seemingly acceptance that even a top four spot looks an almighty uphill struggle, there was at least one shining light occurring in the North of England.

Liverpool’s defeat of Manchester City in one of Super Sunday’s greatest ever encounters meant that no matter what happens this season, Arsenal will continue to remain the only side ever to go through a Premier League campaign unbeaten.

That may seem something of a small thing to clutch onto right now but it may prove more significant than one may have thought especially as despite the current negativity, there is still plenty to play for and the campaign could prove to be a big success.

Although you may think me a little mad for saying that (considering Arsenal are eight points behind fourth spot in the Premier League), defeat to Bournemouth could actually prove to be a blessing in disguise.

This is because it must force Wenger into focusing all of his efforts into the two remaining cup competitions his side are involved in, the League Cup and the Europa League.

Defeat by Bournemouth has if anything put the onus on the Europa League as the Gunners only possible passage back to the promised of the Champions League.

Wenger may have his foibles, but completely ignorant he is not. Arsenal simply must do what Manchester United did last season and sacrifice the Premier League for the Europa League and win a European trophy for his suffering fans.

If he does, then it is surely mission accomplished and with a round of 32 tie against Swedish side Ostersunds (managed by Englishman Graham Potter), the chances of progression are incredibly high.

After repeated failures, Wenger’s hand has now been forced but those disappointments ‘could’ finally lead to European glory for the Gunners.

It is a long shot, but the 2017/18 campaign could still be double trophy winning season and one that propels the Gunners back into the limelight once more.

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