Arsenal’s ability to collapse is legendary and this season is no exception. A shambolic display against Chelsea, followed by a disappointing display against Swansea leaves Arsenal in 4th place on 63 points.
Everton are in 5th on 57 points, but have a game in hand. We have to play Manchester City on Saturday, and let’s be honest, I don’t think any Arsenal fan thinks we’ll get any points from that one. Lose against Manchester City and Everton can draw level on points with us if they win their game in hand.
And I’m sure this is what will happen.
Added to that, we’ve got to actually travel to Goodison Park and get a result – and we all know how good we are in the big away games.
Roberto Martinez has shown he is an excellent manager, and he has done fantastically well with Everton who have limited resources. He has most of his main players back from injury and the advantage he has over us in the final run in is that he can put out a team with fight, desire and passion. Things that have disappeared completely from this Arsenal team.
Another problem is we have no discipline. Paul Scholes, rightly I may add, said we line up with 5 tiki-taka midfielders and it looks like Arsene just tells them “to do what they want”. They try and play pretty passes but don’t bother doing silly things like tracking back or defending as a team. Everton however still have the grit and determination from the David Moyes days, along with the flair and attacking verve Martinez has instilled.
And let’s be honest, missing out on the Champions League is probably the only way Arsenal will actually do something like sack Arsene Wenger. Okay, even if we finish 5th that wouldn’t happen but you can hope.
We also have the “distraction” of the FA Cup, and if there’s a side that can manage to throw away 4th and the FA Cup, it’s Arsenal. We’ll take our eye off the league, finish 5th to Everton and beat Wigan to get to the final, only to lose against Hull Tigers and lose yet another final under Arsene Wenger.
But the main reason we will finish 5th (or below) is because like all Arsene Wenger teams since 2006, the whole club suffers from mental fragility. From being genuine title challengers to being a side that is now fighting for 4th place is exactly something that would demoralise the players. If they can’t perform for the manager, the club or the fans in a massive game against Chelsea, then how are they going to do it for the rest of the season? Against Swansea they showed they’ve got no balls or fight and that will continue for the rest of the season.
The fans, club, manager and players all know the season is over now. Which means the final two months of the season are going to be extremely painful for Arsenal fans.