So What If Arsenal Miss Out On 4th Spot?!

By on October 13, 2011

Seven points out of seven games; 10 goals scored – 16 goals conceded; and the worst ‘point per game ratio’ since the middle ages. The mere data is not very promising, let’s have a look at how we actually perform…oh.

Yes, Arsenal Football Club is going through a rough patch currently. But who hasn’t in recent years? It would be oh so simple to write an article about how bad the team is playing, how bad the club is run and first and foremost how bad Marouane Chamakh’s haircut is. But I won’t. Newspapers are doing enough of that.

To be honest with you – yes, I am disappointed how things are at the moment – but no, I am not concerned about the club’s future. Realistically, we haven’t been title contenders for the last years and why should that change when you sell your best player. (I deliberately used the singular – take that, Samir )

In a nutshell, it’s always been about qualifying for the Champions League. Sure doing well in other competitions is nice and if Manchester United once more go on a horrendous run away from home, we might even have a sniff at the title. But at the end of the day, qualification for the Champions League is the primary target and Wenger has said so for years.

What is that you are saying? 15th and Champions League don’t go along? Well I guess I should be concerned then. But I’m not. First of all, it’s very early in the season. The team is still relatively new and in a ‘get to know each other phase’. Results will come. And when they come, only a couple of wins will be enough to move up the table.

Secondly, look at our run-in last season. 6 points out of the last 7 games. A worse record than this season’s and we still managed to come 4th. It is all about getting a winning habit going. And we will do just that. Sooner or later. And finally, even if we were to miss out on Champions League…so what? Of course we can no longer say that we have been in the competition for 14 – then 15 consecutive years. Bummer. Concerning the state the club would be in, it should have no bearing.

Yes, the club would lose out on £25-35m, but if Arsenal’s business plan is not able to deal with that for one year, then I’d be concerned. After all, we are constantly told that the club is in a very healthy financial position. Champions League is always closely connected to the top players in the business. I can’t recall how often I’ve heard that without Champions League – a club will lose all the appeal and consequently its best players.

I believe that it’s a myth. As long as the club has the capabilities to get back on track, something Arsenal certainly has, the club will always appeal to players. ‘Gerrard to leave Liverpool if they don’t qualify for the Champions League’ … and yet he is still there. Liverpool also signed Suarez and many other players of stature without CL football.

In a year of Europa League, then it was still the UEFA Cup, Bayern Munich signed Ribery and Luca Toni, spending a total of £77m. In your face – crazy myth. All in all, I just wanted to show you that although the club is going through a difficult period, not everything is bad. We could be Spurs. Kidding.

This club soon will be 125 years old and had much more difficult phases to overcome than this. All we can do is to stand by the club, support the players and manager the best we can and the rest will be taken care of.

Come on Arsenal.

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9 Comments

  1. cin

    October 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, Arsenal can recover.
    But they have been saying for long years, they have money to spend ? But still Y we are not spending.
    Bcs they don’t want to spend ?

    Still doubt man.

    If arsenal doesn’t get CL, then the club is gone case. Bcs for good players the club should pay double money.

    And arsenal will never spend…………
    Arsenal is gone this year.

  2. bradster

    October 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Cin that’s a bit drastic. I agree things are not all smiles and happiness at Arsenal but it’s not over by a long shot. Wenger needs to find the right combinations and tactics, stop that silly notion of zonal marking set pieces and grow some balls with the players and we’ll be winning in no time.

  3. Tanimola

    October 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Difficulty or no difficulty. as 4 me, i tink a problem wel handle is a problem solve, i tink d basic problem of arsenal is wenger if d board can do somtin abut him i ttink gunners wil shot again.seun badewa

  4. Mike Gunner

    October 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    If the gunners miss the 4th spot,believe me they will have to spend enormous sums to get into the cl.And it aint easy to get in once you are out.

  5. Waktola

    October 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    The manager should be fired.

  6. kiki

    October 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    with kronke still there, even if arsenal finishes 17th he won’t let wenger spend, rather he will only frustrate wenger untill wenger resigns. We fans should protest for the change of board

  7. Easterngooner

    October 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Good article. This is putting the club’s problems in a proper perspective. There really is no need for a climate of excessive doom and gloom and tension that some fans seem bent on creating.

  8. The Don

    October 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    i dont think it will be the end of arsenal if we dont finishe 4th but it will be the end of an era.

    if we dont am sure even wenger fans like my self will be calling for him to be sacked and am sure every arsenal fan will want him out.

    then we will haveeeeeeee to spend over 60 million to over pay for players to come in the team that we have is just not good enuff it needs 2-3 world class player

    look at liverpool they spend near 100 million and even they dont look like they will finishe 4th

    it will have a big effect on the club
    we can forget about being a big club or trying to bring in the likes or hazard goetz erikson.

    we will have to startc from 0
    and bring in unknow young players.

    CL is a must for arsenal
    and not even becouse of they money.

  9. YOUNG_GUNNERZ

    October 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    without champion’s league money we will be forced to tighten an already tight grip on our transfers. Why? u may ask? because at Arsenal the board of directors are happy with making a profit every year living off of yesteryear’s successes and the Arsenal name and brand that has already been established. Sadly the profit motive is all they care about at the moment.

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