English Premier League team, Arsenal FC, popularly known as “the gunners” are edging closer to playing in the champions league competition. It has been 5 years since the team last played in the champions league, as they have on countless occasions, missed out on the top 4 position. The team which is currently on form, with 12 games unbeaten are determined to play in the champions league this year.
Despite their abysmal performance at the beginning of the season, which saw them lose three consecutive games back to back, the once threatened relegation team, has remarkably turned things around by moving up to the top 4 position. The team has been formidable lately, winning tough opponents like Chelsea, Manchester United, and West ham to keep their champions league hope alive.
Asides from the spectacular performance of the players lately, the coach of the club, Mikel Arteta has also been exceptional in his tactical prowess and also ensuring that his boys gave the desired results. His top-notch impact on the team has earned him a new deal at the club. Recently, Mikel Arteta signed a new contract at the premier league club until 2025.
It’s obvious the board at Arsenal is impressed with the results the club has been getting lately. It is amazing how this was a man that trended online, with Arsenal fans and other football pundits, clamoring for him to be sacked when the club was in shambles. It’s exciting to see that he has suddenly found his touch, to regain back his once jeopardized position.
Before Arteta took on the coaching job at Arsenal, he previously worked as a member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, a role he took up upon retiring from playing in the summer of 2016. Haven’t learned from the best, one will observe the similarities in the style of play by Mancity and Arsenal.
Recall that Arsenal has not qualified for Europe’s premier club competition since 2016-17, in a recent interview, Arteta, disclosed that sealing the champions league qualifying spot would be a game-changer for the club. He further revealed that playing in such a competition improves the team financially and gives the team the capacity to grow their players, as the champions league is a league played by the best teams in Europe.
Recently, Arsenal took a significant step towards securing their place in the next season’s champions league, with a pyrrhic victory over 10-man Leeds United who are currently in the relegation zone this season in the premier league. This victory moves Arsenal four points clear of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur, who seem to also be eyeing the top 4 spot.
Arsenal will play Tottenham in the next game, fondly called the North London Derby, as a victory over them will see them seal their spot in the champions league. The club can’t afford to jinx things at this moment, after coming this far.
They must keep their head high and understand that it is not yet over until it is over. If they really desire to play in the Champions League this year, they must fight till the end to seal their spot. One is tempted to ask, will Arsenal finally feature in this year’s champion’s league? Only time will tell.