The north London Fairytale continues – Arsenal look good value for third place
“Finishing top four is just as good as winning a Cup” These are the rather unsettling words of Arsenal manager and PSG’s target man Arsene Wenger.
These Gunners had or were meant to have an easy game yesterday against the already relegated Queens Park Rangers at the Loftus Stadium. It was basic really, QPR have nothing left to fight for except maybe their pride which does not carry the same weight as fighting for a spot in the Champions League. The odds were already stacked up against the lesser club in London as they hadn’t won it what seems to be forever and Arsenal were sitting with six games undefeated ready to make it seven. Whistle blew and right away a positive attacking ball lobbed forward by Koscienly to Walcott caught QPR by surprise and within 21 seconds Arsenal took the lead as Walcott netted his 20th goal for the season. After that they all fell asleep.
They went one goal up and took it down a notch. QPR went at them hard, an all-out attacking force but they just couldn’t convert any of their chances. If the Gunners were facing a more confident team and pulled a performance that shameful, they would have been beaten and silenced. The lack of motivation and fight in this Arsenal side is extremely concerning. A game that could and should have easily ended 4-0 or even 5-0.
“Over the past few seasons we have closed the gap and I think now we have overtaken them on the pitch. I think we have the stronger squad”
This is what Spurs front man Gareth Bale had to say about the North London rivalry and the apparent power shift. He may not be wrong, at the moment Spurs are sitting 5th with just 2 points behind Arsenal and with a game in hand. In favor of the Gunners that game in hand is against 4th place holders Chelsea so any result to keep Arsenal at by in 3rd place will be welcomed.