Just seven games into the new Premier League season, it’s pretty evident that Arsenal will once again be embroiled in a pretty fierce four-way battle for the final two Champions League qualification spots.
Unbeaten and five points clear of third-placed Tottenham, the consensus feeling is the Manchester clubs will continue to pull away from the chasing pack and embark on a two-horse title race, while Spurs along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool will be vying to fill out the top four, and you can use these football tips today on whether or not you think the Gunners will make the top four.
As they did last season, the Gunners find themselves in fifth place at the moment but the quartet of clubs that make up the rest of the ‘big six’ along with the Manchester sides are all within two points of each other as the race for Champions League qualification looks set to go to the wire even at this early stage.
Despite agreeing a two-year extension with the club in the summer, Arsene Wenger’s side looks set to lose several key players this season which will set them back quite a bit.
After offloading Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool in the summer, along with several other squad players such as Lucas Perez, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal look set to lose their two most influential players in the next year or so.
Alexis Sanchez was hopeful that a move to Manchester City would be finalised on transfer deadline day in the summer but it wasn’t to be after the Gunners failed in their efforts to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, but the Chilean, who becomes a free agent next summer, is confident that he will get his move either in January or at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, interest in Mesut Ozil hasn’t been quite as strong, but the Germany international and World Cup winner can also walk away from the Emirates for free next summer and is believed to be on Manchester United’s radar.
Despite failing to reach their minimum expectations and dropping out of the Champions League for the first time in the Wenger tenure, Arsenal managed to break their transfer record and bring Alexandre Lacazette to the club in a bid to break back into the top four.
However, the striker is looking increasingly like an early replacement for Alexis who has been the driving force behind everything positive that’s happened at Arsenal since he arrived from Barcelona. Check out tomorrow’s football odds before you place a bet on the action.
This seems like the last year Arsenal will have Alexis and Ozil together and really it’s down to the club stagnating over the last few years and not really challenging for titles and Champions League’s, something the best players want to do.
If they leave, then Arsenal risk further regression in the short term which will only make things harder for Wenger to break back into Europe’s elite club competition and stoke the fire that is the fans’ angst and oppression towards the running of the football club.