Arsenal 2-0 Southampton: Fourth with 11 games to go. I would have taken that in August

Sunday’s 2-0 victory against Southampton was enough to send us fourth and one point clear of Manchester United. Goals from Lacazette and Mkhitaryan halted a spirited Saints team who should have enough to avoid relegation. A lot can happen in a week. Last Tuesday we were fifth and on the brink of exiting the Europa league, but thankfully Emery and the team seemed to have steadied the ship. With 11 winnable games to go in the Premiership and a round 16 Europa League tie scheduled against Rennes we have it all to play for.

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Emery needs time, but he cannot let us crash out of the Europa tomorrow

It’s been almost a week since the BATE Borisov debacle. Our 1-0 defeat in the first leg of our Europa League tie has put us firmly on the back foot for tomorrow’s return leg at the Emirates. I want to congratulate BATE Borisov on their historic victory, but Emery should not let that happen. We were weak, disjointed and lazy in front of goal missing a number of gilt-edged chances. Performances of this ilk can put any manager under pressure, let alone a man in his first season trying to oversee the monumental challenge of returning Arsenal to former glory.

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BATE Borisov preview: The road to Baku begins/Good luck Rambo

I hate Thursday nights, but I have to get over it as the Europa League now has parity with the Premiership when it comes to the future of Arsenal Football Club (I cant believe i’m saying that!). Tonight we take on Belarus’s most successful team FC BATE Borisov and former player Aliaksandr Hleb, in the first leg of our Round of 32 fixture. Despite Ramsey and Ozil not travelling with the squad, we should have too much for the team from Barysaw, particularly over two legs.

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Huddersfield 1 – 2 Arsenal: Iwobi and Lacazette strike to deliver first away win since November

With Pogba purring and Manchester United storming to another victory, the three points was all that mattered. Two first half goals were enough to overcome the Terriers who are all but relegated. If you told me before the game that Huddersfield would finish with more possession, you would have witnessed a sarcastic smile, but with hindsight, that was highly possible due to our current injury predicament. Even Aubameyang had to miss the game due to flu. How can Emery expect the team to find any rhythm or consistency when we can’t keep anyone fit?

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How do we close the gap on City?

The great thing about reality checks like Sunday is the clarity they give you. Some people have had this clarity since 2006, some 2011, but now everyone can see how far we have fallen since leaving Highbury. For the first time in my lifetime, not one Arsenal player would make the City first eleven. It’s going to take time to correct that along with innovative “Wenger and David Dein in 1996” strategy.

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Manchester City 3 – 1 Arsenal: Aguero hat-trick lifts the champions to give us the Sunday blues

The benefit of reviewing games a few days later is the healthy pragmatism that sets in after emotions have faded. Like most fans Sunday left me annoyed. Annoyed at Iwobi’s mistake for the first goal, annoyed at the Kroenke’s and the shadow that the Super Bowl seemingly placed over Arsenal’s significance, annoyed that we didn’t register one shot on target in the second half blah blah blah. The reality is, Manchester City are a frightening prospect and they can do that to any team in Europe. We simply are a team in transition and need to be patient.

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Arsenal 2 – 1 Cardiff: Fourth is back on as Chelsea fumble again

Gameweek 24 concluded with us miraculously taking fourth place ahead of Chelsea on goals scored. Our 2-1 victory against Cardiff at the Emirates, coupled with Chelsea’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Bournemouth was enough. In what turned out to be a topsy-turvy week, Spurs were the only other top six side to grab three points underlining the ultra-competitiveness of this year’s Premier League. With not much between us, Man Utd and Chelsea in terms of quality, it appears that fourth will go to the team who wants it the most.

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Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester Utd: Solskjaer uses the old playbook to outwit Emery

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued the Manchester United revival with a clinical 3-1 victory at the Emirates. Goals from Lingard, Sanchez and Martial were enough to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. As a fan who loves this competition, this defeat and the manner in which it was inflicted hurt. 

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Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: It’s always best to do your talking on the pitch

What a game and what a win. The pressure was on and Emery and the boys delivered. Defeat would have left us nine points behind Chelsea and with Sven Mislintat departing his role as Head of Recruitment, the inevitable complaints about the structure of the club and calls for signings would have been deafening. Yes we need changes, but we need to be patient. Importantly, this game highlighted that the difference between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United is tiny. The team who wants it the most and makes the least mistakes will get fourth.

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West Ham 1 – 0 Arsenal: Fourth is starting to look like mission impossible

Our 3-1 victory against the Hammers in August flattered us so I knew this was going to be a tough game. However, I didn’t think we would lose. West Ham were by far the better team and fully deserved the three points. Felipe Anderson was a menace, Samir Nasri rolled back the clock and man of the match Declan Rice won the battle of the teenagers against Guendouzi in centre midfield. Anything can happen in football, but fourth place is starting to look like mission impossible. 

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