Arsenal Highlights

Gunners getting closer to the Top 4

Cast your mind back to the beginning of March and a 3-1 loss to Liverpool, then the middle of March and a defeat to West Bromwich Albion followed, then to the beginning of April and a 2-2 draw with Manchester City and the Gunners had gone three games where they picked up just one point.

Arsenal were written off, the season deemed a failure and Wenger had to go.

Just over a month on a despite things not quite being perfect, things have changed dramatically.

Reaching an FA Cup final that makes Arsenal outsiders at 59/20 with asianbookie to lift the trophy over Chelsea still gives the Gunners a chance in a single match where the Gunners can match anyone, but perhaps even more importantly (and remarkably) a very real opportunity of sneaking into the Champions League places.

After taking twelve points out of a possible eighteen in their last six, suddenly the gunners find themselves just seven points behind Liverpool in third, but critically, the Gunners hold two games in hand on the Liverpudlians.

That may still leave Wenger and Co a point short, but looking at the run in for both sides then there is opportunity to strike.

Of course, Arsenal need to win all their final four games which are Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland and Everton to stand any chance of that, but current form suggests they can do it.

Southampton and Stoke City are the two away trips, but it is the home tie against Everton which in paper looks the trickiest of the four.

Liverpool’s final two games consist of a tough away trip to West Ham and a home game against already relegated Middlesbrough.

Arsenal need Liverpool to slip up in one of these games and West Ham away on Saturday looks the most likely especially with Liverpool looking sluggish in their tame 0-0 draw with Southampton at the weekend.

Liverpool aside, the Gunners still have the chance to overhaul Manchester City who sit in fourth, six points ahead of Arsenal but with just the one game deficit to Sanchez, Ozil and co.

City’s run in consists of Leicester City at home, West Brom at home then on the final day an away trip to Watford.

On paper, City should comfortably see home a top four position meaning Arsenal must look to Liverpool to be the most vulnerable.

No matter what happens this season, it is clear that Arsenal are on the cusp of a change that needs to be made.

Even if the Gunners qualify for the Champions League and win the FA Cup (and that is a big if) then it will be a last-minute rescue that should never have been needed in the first place.

With reports that Alexis Sanchez wants out and Ozil performing his usual disappearing act in big games something needs to be done and someone needs to take charge of the situation.

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