The new top 4 trophy is a real trophy

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Feed me.

Feed me my drug of choice.

Inject me with your silvery goodness.

Take me to my happy place.

Let’s dream of European glory, and a backdoor entrance to a competition we are ill-equipped to survive, with a manager in the last year of his deal.

YES PEOPLE, my favourite competition of all time is upon us. Arsenal face down CSKA in a winner takes the semi final type game.

This should be a walk in the park, right?

WRONG.

Arsenal can’t go into this game with a sloppy complacent attitude. We’ve already seen a shaky first half from Liverpool that nearly let City back in, we saw Barcelona fuck a lead in Rome, and Juventus nearly beat Madrid after taking a 3 goal lead at the Bernabeu.

If any team in Europe can go to CSKA and blow a 3 goal lead, it’s Arsenal.

Still, an admittance from Arsene Wenger that the trophy is important is a welcome boost for team focus.

“Europa League is important for us – everybody knows that and we are at [the] stage where of course we focus on it because in the Premier League we have a very, very, very slim chance to get further up,” said Wenger.

“The Europa League is one of the big targets of the season.”

I like that he’s still thinking about the top four race of yesteryear. No Arsene, it’s been Europa or bust for a while. We’ve never been in the top 4 hunt. That much was clear last summer when you absolutely tanked it.

The Europa is an opportunity though. If we land an easy-ish draw in the semis, we could easily find ourselves lining up in Lyon.

One game at a time.

The team news is mistake machine Granit Xhaka is certainly out of the game (I’m being mean, he’s been good for at least 5 games). We have no Mikki who we know loves the Europa League. I expect we’ll see the in-form Danny W start, along with assist King Alex Iwobi.

I hope we go there to soak up the pressure. We don’t need to win 4-1 again. We need to keep it calm for the first 20minutes and slowly feel our way into the game. No dramas. No rash decisions. Just see the result through.

Sounds great on a blog, let’s see how it plays out in the real world.

Fun fact: The CSKA game was the first time since 99-00 (UEFA Cup) that we’ve won 3 knockout European games in a row. Isn’t that shite?

Right, see you in the comments. Also, last chance to listen to our bloody excellent podcast.

Also, jump on the pod, it’s excellent.

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  • The case for our defence: Who stays or goes?
  • Iwobi: Hero in waiting, or another Nik B?
  • Jack Wilshere: What do you do with him?

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  1. Michael24

    Ok, what about tonight?

    Will CSKA gain strength from the last two nights?

    Surely Arsenal will see off the Russians.

    2-2 draw for me, then it’s all down to who Arsenal get in the semi’s.

  2. Champagne charlie

    Disjointed and subpar performance incoming I fancy, but enough to take us through.

    CSKA will be full of belief given this weeks ridiculous reversals. They looked like Swiss cheese in London though, so any of that again and we’ll score at least one.

  3. Henry Root

    Anyone going to the Youth Cup semi-final next Monday? Season- ticket holders go free and it’s a chance to see the next generation of potential Arsenal stars?

  4. gambon

    Lets not confuse CSKA for Juve or Roma.

    They are a very average team, probably wont even win tonight, let alone 3-0.

    Atletico are the only team that will be beating us in the Europa.

  5. gambon

    Henry Root

    You mean the opportunity to watch a load of players who will end up at Notts County and Crawley Town?

  6. Victorious

    “Atletico are the only team that will be beating us in the Europa.”

    oh look whose passing an “opinion” like its fact,dont you think the smarter thing to do is hold your horse and see what a match-up like that would yield? it would be so hilarious to witness your reaction if Athletico fails to live up to the hype you and your likes hip on them.

  7. PhD07

    VictoriousApril 12, 2018 18:32:09
    samesong
    I like the way you used ‘mighty’ on his cognomen like his opinions hold more water than the likes of Ruth,bullshite Legend,utASS..lmao
    ———–
    LMAO

    You’re clearly a newbie on here..

    Gambon has more knowledge in his pinky toe,than you have acquired in your whole adult years on this earth,as far as footballing knowledge goes.

    If,I were you-I’d back off attacking Gambon for your own sanity and well being.
    Then again,it would be absolutely comical to see you try..

  8. Victorious

    phD

    Cool it down mate,i know him alright and also I’m not new on legrove,honestly he comes across as a long-winded and hate filled Red truth,with over the top hatred for Wenger and his achievements

    Didn’t pen you down as one of his footsoldier though,a bit hilarious to see how you ran from your little hole with all guns blazing in his defense like your life depended on it, it’s just a fvckin blog mate not some form of cult group you making it out to be

  9. Henry Root

    That sums up your interest in Arsenal Gambon
    Non-existent . Some of those boys might be great players one day- and they are playing in the Arsenal shirt

  10. Champagne charlie

    Bellerin has fallen off a cliff, I would bite your hand off for a hefty fee in the summer personally

  11. Champagne charlie

    Dale

    He’s ok, but I don’t consider him as a reliable threat going forward and he’s suspect going backwards.

    Considering there’s some hype about him and we could rinse someone of 40-50 mil I’d be all for that. Think he’s very replaceable. Potentially very coachable though too it must be noted.

  12. DaleDaGooner

    Considering there’s some hype about him and we could rinse someone of 40-50 mil I’d be all for that. Think he’s very replaceable. Potentially very coachable though too it must be noted.

    I agree

  13. gazzap

    Mustafi also swtiched off. the player who scored was his man and he was goal side then he just stands there while their players run towards the goal. Our defenders just aren’t switched on.

  14. DaleDaGooner

    Elneny embarrassing there, ambling out to block the cross.

    At least he was ambling about, our Right Back was marking no one and stood like a statue

  15. DaleDaGooner

    Wilshere couldn’t make it at Bournemouth, Wenger asked him to look for a new club….here he is playing in a very important match…Wenger’s management!

  16. GalaxyGooner

    DaleDaGoonerApril 12, 2018 19:56:07
    Ramsey is crocking, Wilshere is useless as a CM, Welbeck IS A HORRIBLE ATTACKER!

    Wilshere is just useless period

  17. GalaxyGooner

    Maybe at half time arsenal can give wilshere a new contract and make him captain. Wilshere loves arsenal

    And give Mertesacker another one year extension while at it

    Joke manager at a club turn charity home

  18. DaleDaGooner

    Wilshere, Bellerin and Welbeck can’t be relied on today…I’d add Ramsey because he appears to be crocked

  19. Bob

    Sky sports:Tuesday 16 January 2018

    Gary Neville believes Jack Wilshere is England’s best central midfielder and could play in any team in Europe if fully fit.

  20. Bob

    The sun:
    ARSENAL fans are calling for “England’s best midfielder” Jack Wilshere to be on the plane for the World Cup.

    Good luck with that lol

  21. Leftsidesanch

    Another day, another tiresome rant spread out across posts from Bob about Wilshere.

    Wilshere has obviously slayed his ex..

  22. Dissenter

    They only need TWO goals
    It’s doable for them because they are at home and everyone knows we tend to wild once pressure is applied.

  23. UTarse

    Redtruth,
    “What’s best for Arsenal is ‘Wenger departing trumps winning a trophy’”

    All day long, Couldn’t agree more.

  24. Victorious

    ‘Another day, another tiresome rant spread out across posts from Bob about Wilshere.
    Wilshere has obviously slayed his ex..’

    deserved to be posted twice

  25. Champagne charlie

    Ramsey showing how he’s NOT cut out for CM with ridiculous passes like that.

    No picture in that guys head for a congested midfield. Cech hilariously bad as ever.

  26. Thanos

    Danny he won’t go even if we lose so hope we win coz it’s not going to happen. Maybe at the end of the season fingers crossed

  27. GalaxyGooner

    No creativity from the middle of the pack from Ramsey and Wilshere at all .And it has been like that for the whole of their time at arsenal .
    Shocking assist records for both of them

  28. UTarse

    Danny,
    “Lose here and maybe, just maybe, Wenger fucks off tonight.”

    You got any spare ? I’d like to smoke it

  29. Marko

    got to wonder why Lacazette isn’t getting into scoring positions, and Ozil is hidding again

    I heard Ozil isn’t a problem. Also heard Ramsey is a capable CM. Disciplined. No more bad Ramsey is the saying

  30. Thanos

    I don’t understand why they just can’t hold the ball, it’s not as if CSKA are full of gifted players.

  31. gazzap

    BBC stats say no shots on target yet for Arsenal. that is poor. they are just chucking anything at Cech and seeing what bounces about in the box.

  32. GalaxyGooner

    ThanosApril 12, 2018 20:28:38
    I don’t understand why they just can’t hold the ball, it’s not as if CSKA are full of gifted players.

    More like why do you need another goal when you are 3 – nil up .

    Reason why wenger will never win anything in Europe

  33. Danny

    BBC stats say no shots on target yet for Arsenal.
    ————————–
    Lacazette had one in the first half

  34. gambon

    Imagine what would happen if we come up against Atletico?

    It would be a fucking embarrassment. Men against boys.

  35. Dissenter

    It’s not surprising though.
    CSKA had some sights of the goal in the first leg. the score line flattered us a bit.