Former Gunner Martin Keown reckons that Arsene Wenger can redeem himself this season by winning the Europa League.
Keown believes that if Wenger can get his men back into the Champions League by winning the Europa League, he’ll redeem himself for what could be another disaster of a season. The former centre-back, as you can probably already tell, doesn’t think we’ll make the top four.
“Wenger can redeem things by winning the Europa League and getting Arsenal back into the Champions League,” said Keown.
“If the team continues to lack a cutting edge, that is not going to happen.
“Great leaders know the right time to go but the unfortunate thing for Wenger is he cannot be impartial in that decision. He has to take himself out of the equation and think, ‘Is the team getting better season on season? Am I the right man for the job?’ Whatever happens, Wenger must do the right thing for the football club.”
Arsenal currently sit in seventh place in the table after dropping another two points away to West Ham midweek. We’ve not won a single league game since we thrashed Huddersfield 5-0 on 29 November and we’re looking pretty poor.
Arsenal’s next Premier League game is at home against Newcastle, who are 16th in the table despite enjoying a strong start to their campaign. Even then, I doubt there’s a Gooner on this planet that’s convinced we’ll beat them.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have been drawn against Swedish side Östersund in the Europa League, which should give Wenger’s men a chance to at least make the next round.
Along with Atletico Madrid, Arsenal are the favourites to win the European tournament and, I’m not going to lie, I can’t help but agree with Keown that it’s our most obvious route back into the Champions League. Therefore, we should probably have a good go.