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Will Arsenal Qualify For Europe This Season?

“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.” 

Fact or Fiction: Arsenal will battle its way up and finish the season in a European spot.

MH: Fact.  For all of the talk of Arsenal’s demise, it’s still very early in the Premier League season.  There is still plenty of time for the Gunners to make up the points that were dropped during the first few weeks of the season.  That means Arsenal has more than enough fixtures for their transfer signings to come in and mesh with the rest of the squad.  Plus, Arsenal is only six points out of a Europa spot at this moment with the likes of the three newly promoted sides and Wolverhampton all ahead of the Gunners.  It is quite possible that all four of those clubs will falter throughout all of the league fixtures and cup-ties that lay ahead of them.  In the end, I still think that Arsenal has enough talent to make some noise and move up the table.

ER: Fact. It’s tough to disagree with history. While Arsenal has been one of the more disappointing clubs over the last calendar year, to finish outside the top 7  in this campaign would take the cake. I think the only way they don’t climb the table is if ownership does something rash, like dismiss Arsene Wenger. Yes, they’ve lost a lot of quality in the form of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas. While Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta aren’t nearly as dynamic as the footballers whose shoes they’ll be filling, their experience has come with successful clubs. Wenger has seemed out of answers at times in this recent spell, but I think the only things lacking from the Gunners are confidence and luck. Once they start finishing more of their chances, I think they’ll gain that confidence and get the results they need to get into the Europa League..

What do you think, is it fact or fiction that Arsenal will battle its way up and finish the season in a European spot?

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  1. Steve

    October 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Cesc and Samir leaving is not the proble. Our creative midfield is one of the few things I still have faith in atm. If you are interested though, here a 3 good reasons why Arsenal will not finish in the top 4 (I would be suprised to see them drop out of the top 7).

  2. Kwasi

    October 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Arsenal are still in a transition phase. They are still building their arsenal, which means they are trying to become a stronger team. Although the lost of Cesc and Samir has proven unfortunate, the players who are here and are coming, truly want to be at Arsenal and to be honest, I ‘d rather have players who genuinely want to be at a club than players who are skillful because that commitment will lead them to do great things.

  3. Paul Foster

    October 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I have been an ARSENAL fan since 1948. I think Matt Hackenmiller’s commments are right 0n!

  4. Steve of Chiang Mai

    October 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I believe too much is made of what we lost with Cesc and Samir…..yes on their good and uninjured days they were great but realistically they were both in decline for one reason or another. Cesc was a passenger for much of last season and the way Samir failed to lift the team in the latter stages of 2010/2011 belied his “world class” status.

    For whatever reason neither player wanted to wear the red & white and I seriously doubt our present standings would have been any different if they had remained against their will.

  5. Tony

    October 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Qualifying for the Europa League would be a disaster, I’d rather finish outside that top 7 if I can’t make it to the top 4. I can’t see Arsenal making the top 4 this season.

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