Marcha 18, 2018

How Arsenal can salvage their season with top-four hopes in balance

06 Marcha 2018, 02:46 | Cornelio Vivanco

Arsenal have lost seven out of 13 games in 2018

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Ex-Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane has joined the chorus of criticism aimed at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after Brighton condemned the Gunners to their fourth consecutive defeat.

Hughton is known to be a man placing special emphasis on proper training and analysis of upcoming opponents.

Chelsea-despite winning just one of their last five-remain eight points ahead in fifth, so the Gunners have virtually no hope of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League via their domestic efforts.

The behind the scenes changes included the appointment of Raul Sanllehi, formerly Barcelona's director of football, which could indicate that out-of-work ex-Barca coach Luis Enrique could be a target.

Having ceased to be title contenders Wenger and the club contented themselves with an apparently perennial slot in the top four. The disappointments, plus the fact that we made defensive mistakes, at the moment it looks like we lack leaders.

Conte's post-match comments highlighted the gulf that has opened up between City, the leader by 18 points, and the rest of the league.

"It is very difficult, nearly impossible now", Wenger said of Arsenal's top-four chances.

Will it get worse for Wenger and his charges, or can they turn it around and compete with Spurs?

Ironically, Wenger should look to his enemy Jose Mourinho if he needs any inspiration in terms of earning Champions League football for next season. "But we will fight until the end of the season", he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

Their miserable run has left them 13 points adrift of Tottenham in fourth place and Koscielny conceded it would be difficult to overturn such a deficit.

"No. I think what I said before focus on the job, always you do the right thing and do the things that are right for the team". The worst part is that is was remarkably unsurprising. "I am not sitting on the fence, I can never say that".

The sight of Shkodran Mustafi falling over himself as he desperately tried to prevent Glenn Murray from burying a header beyond Cech to make it 2-0 on Sunday reduced one Arsenal fan to tears during a BBC radio phone-in, and the German international's days at the club must now be numbered.

Fans' favourite Jack Wilshere can understand their frustration but has urged the travelling supporters to keep the faith.

"Who's going to get the blame on Sunday if they lose?"

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