Champions League – We’re Having a Laugh

We have been living on borrowed time. From the last season at Highbury, when it took a dramatic final day victory over Wigan,  plus a dose of lasagne to ensure we pipped Spurs for the 4th Champions League spot, we have been walking a tight-rope.

This season we have not shown the conviction of a team destined for Champions League qualification, never mind challenging for the title.

This season we have come across a resurgent Liverpool, a determined Chelsea and Manchester United to block our path to the title, whilst Aston Villa have been gradually building a squad to compete. Aston Villa have mastered the knack of grinding out results. They have overtaken us and do not look like they will relinquish the fourth qualification spot without a fight.

We find ourselves five points behind Aston Villa, there are fifteen games to go, but Aston Villa will not just lie down and let us take our rightful place in the Champions League without a fight. We will need to fight for that right and start to grind out results.

But we cannot just rest on our 5th place laurels. Lurking behind us are Everton, five points away and even a UEFA Cup (Europa Cup next season) place is no longer guaranteed.  

A season out of the Champions League will be a financial and footballing disaster

Financially the club will miss out on £12m – £20m, no matter what the club says the budget does not include Champions League football. Without Champions League football the vultures will be hovering over the likes of van Persie, Fabregas and Adebayor.

If Wenger found it hard to attract players with our present pay structure, then reduce the pay levels and then remove Champions League football and it will be near impossibility to attract the top players.

Our reaction to failure to qualify for Champions League football will determine once and for all what sort of club we are. When Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan they went out and recruited top players, money was no object. If we decide to go out buy big in the summer, then we an ambitious club, if we do not and say we have a limited budget, then we are a club with a big stadium but a club going nowhere with a petty board who are more interested in their own wealth than the future success of the club.

Champions League is a necessity for Arsenal Football Club to survive, we are in a real fight for a Champions League spot.

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Posted on January 28, 2009, in Arsenal and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. i’m really worried about our chances this season. seriously worried.

    i could handle all this much better if wenger wasn’t blindly saying he has faith in a lot of substandard players regardless of how poor they have been this season. he’s just wrong and this stubbronness with them (i don’t even ask for expensive signings) is costing us everything. he says he has faith in our squad but outside of the regular starters, bentdner is the only player regularly getting chances. if wenger rates vela and wilshere at all, why doesn’t he just fucking give them some minutes, they HAVE to be better than what we are seeing.

  2. Stop whining…..
    Without Wenger we would be another Spurs.
    Arsenal fans have been spoiled rotten by Wenger. Never forget that.

  3. I said at the start of the season that we would be lucky to finish in sixth, due the lack of signings in the summer, but on the performances this season with the exception of a couple I would stand by my statement. Wenger must have his head up his a**e if he can’t see what everybody else can, we need to get rid of the championship players… Denilson, Diaby, Eboue, Song, to name a few and buy some quality ones in, we have seemed to have lost the ability to play beautiful football when we have Fab and Walcot missing. Come on Arsene save us from the embarisment of being has beens and get some quality players in..

  4. Last season was torture, this season is excrutiating! i’m missing days gonebye when we could watch the team-relax &enjoy it. This wasn’t a disaster though as we got a result away that Liverpool couldn’t better twice @home & recent results have improved

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