Wenger Under Pressure
So the question is....Could this really happen? Could the most successful manager in the clubs history really be sacked?
Rumours are spreading that under-fire manger Arsene Wenger has been given an ultimatum and will be given the boot by the Arsenal board if he fails to qualify for a Champions League place.
The harsh reality of it all is yes, if the team plays like they have for the past two months they will surely not have what it takes to take down Chelsea in the final game of the season.
Arsenal still remain in 5th after a gut wrenching 2-1 loss last week at Anfield, with Fernando Torres finishing off Liverpool's miraculous comeback in the last 5 minutes of the game. The loss comes at a horrible time for the Arsenal as it leaves them 2 points behind 4th spot Manchester City and a massive 12 points behind already champion Chelsea. If Wenger is to jump up past Man city, they will have to beat Chelsea at the Bridge on Sunday, while they will have to hope that Sunderland can get a result at Eastlands.
The task seems almost impossible for Wenger and his team, However, Arsene still has faith in his team to finish the season strongly.
If Wenger's task wasn't hard enough already he also has to deal with injuries. With Chelsea looking like they will have Micheal Essien back in the line up, they will be able to put a fully fit starting 11 on the pitch against Arsenal, while Arsenal are set to miss the ever injured Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, and error prone goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (which might just be a good thing for Arsenal fans). On a more positive note though, Arsenal will welcome back their most influential and important player, captain Cesc Fabregas, who passed a fitness test last night, this will be Cesc's first game in 3 weeks after he injured his hamstring once again.I do not want to make any guarantee's as to what will happen in the Manchester City game as that is out of our hands, but I do strongly believe that we can finish this season on a positive and winning note and that we will be confident when we travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Even though we might not have had the strongest season I do think that we have shown great mental strength and that we have shown that we no matter what we never quit. If we are going to get the result we need against Chelsea, we are going to have to play hard and not make mistakes, if we do this..we can win.
Arsene though, seemed to be more then confident that his depth can help bridge the gap left by the 3 missing players.
So with everything to play for with Sunday only a few hours away, judgment day for Le Prof is coming, will his confidence rub off on his players enough to get a massive result at the Bridge, and even with a win will Steve Bruce and Sunderland be able to get a result against Manchester city?Yes, Theo, Robin and Almunia will all miss out. This is sad news as they are quality players and can make a difference when they are on the pitch. But I believe that we have that same quality in our depth players that our team will not miss a step. Chamakh who showed great class in hi finish last week against Liverpool will start again, while Nasri will move from the centre and fill the gap left by Theo's absence. Cesc will move back in to the middle and Lukas will get the start in net. I have the utmost belief in the class of these players and I believe they have what it takes to beast Chelsea.
It's going to be a great day of football.