Arsenal Plays Last Card in Bid for Champions League Placement

Published April 2, 2017 by Florin P

Arsenal Plays Last Card in Bid for Champions League Placement

Arsenal tries to salvage a horrendous season by defeating Manchester City at home and staying in the race for a Champions League berth (4:00 p.m UK Time).

It’s been a while since Arsenal had a good Premier League season, but this one could well be the worst in a long time. Nothing seems to be going their way and after a humiliating elimination from the Champions League, they were left with nothing but broken dreams. They’ve got one last shot to salvage the season but in order to do this, they must defeat Manchester City at Emirates Stadium

Arsene Wenger's Seat is at Stake

Nothing short of a miracle can save the French manager and convince the owners to extend his contract at the end of the season. It’s not even certain that Wenger fancies this scenario, but he surely wants to leave Arsenal in good order. By qualifying them to the Champions League one last time, he would at least walk out with dignity.

The road ahead is long and twisted and must begin with a victory over Manchester City, who have plenty of problems of their own. Since Guardiola took over, the former champions turned into a streaky team, capable of winning many back-to-back games only to fall flat soon after. Their Champions League campaign also ended abruptly and they were unable to defeat Liverpool at home next weekend.

The Injury List Has Shrunk for Arsenal

Ozil is the only player still featuring on the injury list, but he’s only doubtful ahead of this fixture. Granted the German midfielder is extremely important for Arsenal, it’s refreshing to have all the other players returning to fitness. The hosts must take advantage of this favorable context and push their limit.

For some odd reason bookmakers have decided to overprice Arsenal and punters can benefit from odds of 7/10 on a double chance wager at bet365 Sports. Since Arsenal lost just twice at home this entire season, these odds are pure value and should be taken even by casual punters.

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