For the first time since Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal, the Gunners have finished outside the top four and will feature in the group stages of Europe’s 2nd tier club competition – The Europa League, missing out of the Champions League.
The Gunners needed results at Anfield and or at Watford to go their way coupled with a victory over Everton at the Emirates. Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1 yesterday but the birthright Top Four was not to be. Liverpool were 3-0 winners over Middlesborough. Calum Chambers could not help Arsenal. It was one way traffic for Manchester City as they whitewashed Watford 5-0.
Arsenal’s victory proved costly as Laurent Koscielny saw red and would miss the FA Cup final – the last hope of silverware this season. It went worse with Gabriel stretched out and replaced by Per Meteraacker for his 150th league game for Arsenal. How will the Gunners fare without Koscielny against Chelsea in the FA cup final?
Arsenal’s normal end of season turn around was a little too late this time around. In a season where the Gunners took 3 points from Mourinho, at Stoke and at St. Mary’s, it is sad top four was not achieved. All of a sudden, a lot of persons now see what being in the top four could mean.
There is nothing else left this season except the small matter of the FA Cup. After that we can talk about contracts and preseason before a new season with Thursday night football.
Hello Europa League, we would miss the Champions League, not excluding the theme song. If you have the Europa League team song, do good and send to me.
Time to check out the Europa League website.