Arsenal face one of their most testing finishes to a season and need all of their big game performers to be fit for the run-in. They are totally focused on qualifying for the Champions League.
It is not going to be easy for the Gunners but at least after their 2-1 win against West Brom courtesy of the Rosicky brace they are now sitting in fourth in the table, one point ahead of Chelsea and just a point behind Spurs. Unfortunately, Chelsea do have a game in hand on Arsenal.
The good news is that the Gunners have the easiest run-in when compared to Spurs and Chelsea, both of whom are still challenging for the Europa League trophy. Their trickiest remaining fixtures are Manchester United and Everton at home plus they have to face Wigan (home) and QPR (away) both of which will be tough as they are both fighting for Premier League survival. Chelsea still need to travel to Liverpool and Manchester United, and also have to face Spurs and Everton at home. Spurs, on the other hand, have Everton and Manchester City at home, as well as having to face Chelsea and Stoke away.
Even though Arsenal’s fixtures seem relatively easy on paper, no game guarantees three points in the Premier League. They will need their players to be firing on all cylinders in order to achieve a top-four finish.
Some bad news has emerged this week with Metro reporting that Jack Wilshere has had a setback in his recovery from injury and is a further three weeks away from making a return. Wenger has been very cagey when discussing the injury and it is thought that Wilshere could be kept on the sidelines for the rest of the season to protect the star from possibly being out for an extended period.
He sustained the injury in the 2-1 defeat to Spurs on 3rd March, but was expected to return within 10 days. However, it has been more than a month now and the England international hasn’t responded to treatment as it was hoped. The earliest conceivable return date for Wilshere is the end of April, which means he could well miss the season-defining games against Everton and Man United.
It does look likely that Wilshere will miss these games, and if he does, do you think Arsenal will still qualify for the Champions League next season?
Arsenal Remaining League Fixtures – Norwich (H), Everton (H), Fulham (A), Man United (H), QPR (A), Wigan (H), Newcastle (A).
Chelsea Remaining League Fixtures – Sunderland (H), Spurs (H), Fulham (A), Liverpool (A), Swansea (H), Man United (A), Aston Villa (A), Everton (H).
Tottenham Hotspur Remaining League Fixtures – Everton (H), Chelsea (A), Man City (H), Wigan (A), Southampton (H), Stoke (A), Sunderland (H).