It seems to have been the longest international break ever.
With Arsenal out of the FA Cup, causing the game against Leicester City to be postponed, it has been 17 days since our last Premier League game. By the time Stoke City comes around on Sunday 1st April, it would have been 21 days since our last Premier League game.
We are going into the business end of the season, so, with our friends at 10Bet Football, we look at what Arsenal actually have left to play for.
The Europa League is the big one. Arsenal are 11/4 second favourites behind Atletico Madrid.
With a quarter final home tie against CSKA Moscow to come next week, Arsenal could well have one foot in the semi-finals before the second leg is played. With Moscow thawing (the weather, not UK relations), a trip to Russia is not the freezing away leg it often is.
If Arsenal go all in for the Europa League, we should win it. Atletico might be favourites, but we are the better side. And with Alexandre Lacazette set to return for the CSKA game, the damage caused by odd UEFA rule that leaves Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang cup-tied is limited.
The Premier League is out of Arsenal’s reach. I have not done the math, but the inability to find odds on us winning it mean that we are probably mathematically out of it.
Man City are 1/1000 to win. Anyone want to lend me a grand so I can win a quid?
Top 4 might be worth a nibble though.
We are 13 points behind Spurs in 4th, with 24 to play for, but having collapsed out of Europe, the Spurs wheels might come off. It would not be the first time. At 125/1, it might be worth a tenner – although some will just say you are throwing a tenner away.
The reality is that our Premier League campaign might be over. There is a reason we are 125/1 to finish top 4.
We should maybe go as far as putting out the kids for the Premier League games.
Give Ainsley Maitland-Niles a run out in the middle of the park for the last 8 games of the season. Play Reiss Nelson ahead of Alex Iwobi. Rotate either Rob Holding or Calum Chambers in at the back. Give these lads a chance to get another 8 Premier League games under their belt.
And then leave the big names for the first team.
At least with the Europa League, Arsenal’s season is not yet over.