Champions League or bust for Arsenal

Out of the shadows Arsenal’s bid to finish in the top four of the Premier League has been reignited.

The Gunners were left well off the pace due to a terrible run of form, losing four out of five fixtures from the end of January to the beginning of March.

A defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace appeared to be a death knell for the club’s hopes of earning a Champions League place.

However, four wins out of their last five matches, including back-to-back triumphs over Manchester United and Southampton has pushed them to within four points of third-place Liverpool with a game in hand over the Merseysiders.

Arsene Wenger will be determined to end the season strongly, not only in an attempt to secure his future beyond the end of the campaign, but to maintain the Gunners’ 20-year streak of not finishing below fourth place in the top division.

It may require Arsenal to win all three of their remaining matches, but with an away trip to Stoke along with home games against Sunderland and Everton in the final week of the term – it is certainly a possibility.

As a result, backing the Gunners as part of a Super 6 along with tips from Footy Accumulators on the final day of the term could be intriguing given that they host Everton, with rivals Liverpool and Manchester City having potentially tricky matches that could derail their chances of a top-four place.

Although Wenger has come under severe scrutiny from sections of Arsenal’s supporters – regaining their place in the Champions League along with triumphing in the FA Cup could be enough to keep him around at least for another term.

More importantly for the Gunners is the future of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean took his Premier League tally to 20 strikes for the season in their win over Southampton, becoming the first Arsenal player since Robin van Persie to break the 20-goal barrier in the top flight.

Without his presence the North London outfit would be fortunate to reach the Europa League. Speculation surrounding his future has not abated in the second half of the campaign, with reports linking him with moves to Chelsea and Manchester City.

If the Gunners were to qualify for the Champions League – he could be convinced to stay along with Ozil – allowing the club to build around him once again for the new campaign.

The opportunity for future success for the North London outfit could well rest on the final three games of the term.

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