Arsenal sit in fourth place in the Premier League table as we approach the end of the season. This will be the Gunners’ 12th season without a Premier League trophy and, with Tottenham having fought Leicester for the title for most of the season, third place looks to be Arsenal’s best possible outcome.
Arsene Wenger’s men have been in poor form of late, winning only two out of a possible five games in April, which has seen them slip within five points of fifth-placed Manchester United. The Londoners now need to hope Manchester City drop points between now and the end of the season to give themselves a chance of finishing in third.
The third-place position is set to be vital in the quest for top signatures all around Europe, as well as keeping key players who seek regular Champions League football. There has already been rumours of the future of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with both midfielders out of contract in the next two years. It is thought that Champions League football will bring in more world-class players, which will be a major factor in their decisions to stay at The Emirates.
Ozil has been phenomenal this season. The German international has scored eight goals and has 19 assists, reminding Wenger why he spent £42.5million on the former Real Madrid man. The Chilean star Sanchez has 16 goals for Arsenal in all competitions this year and if the Arsenal boss is to keep his world-class players, he can’t see his side drop any more points.
After drawing to relegation-threatened Sunderland last weekend, Arsenal take on struggling Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday before their big game against Manchester City the following week. Wenger will be looking to avenge the reverse fixture at Carrow Road earlier this season, when the Canaries salvaged a point due to a Lewis Grabban equaliser just before half-time. A win this weekend will put pressure on their third-placed rivals, who face a tricky away trip to Southampton on Sunday.
If both teams manage a win this weekend, it is set to be a tense clash on May 8 when the two clubs do battle, with the winner almost certain to take the third-place position. The latest football betting odds see Arsenal at 1/14 to make the top four, with Manchester City priced at 1/6.
Arsenal have been linked heavily with Ajax wonderkid Riechedly Bazoer, who is also on the radar of City for around £20million. The third-place spot could sway his decision on whether it’s The Emirates or The Etihad he chooses in the summer.