Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out Newcastle United for a top four place.
Arsene Wenger – hailing taxi to 4th place
Newcastle are 8 points behind 4th placed Arsenal, and that’s really 9 points when you consider how inferior our goal difference is, compared to the other teams above us.
And with Arsenal’s last minute win against Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night, Arsenal are now 3 points above Chelsea and just one point behind Tottenham in 3rd place.
There’s really no way that Newcastle can now make 4th place, unless we win all of our last 10 games of the season (we wish), but it’s complimentary of Wenger to suggest Newcastle can still get into 4th position.
This is what Arsene Wenger said today, when he was asked if it was between Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal – all London clubs – for 4th position:
“It’s too early to say that,” “I wouldn’t completely rule out Newcastle nor Liverpool.” “Of course the most obvious battle is between Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal but you have to wait two or three games.”
“There are 10 games to go, but three games ago we were 10 points behind Tottenham.” “Things can change quickly. You just want to be focused on your next game and give everything.”
“It is both more exciting and more difficult,” “I believe it’s promising for next season because the teams will be stronger again so it promises to be an even more exciting championship.”
Chelsea are coming into some form at the moment, as new manager and former Chelsea player, Robero Di Matteo, has relied on the experience of players like Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole, since he took over from fired manager, Andre Villas-Boas.
Chelsea had a magnificent last 16 victory on Wednesday night in the Champions League, when they beat Naples after extra time by 4-1, and finally won the tie 5-4, after being 3-1 down after the first leg in Italy.
Newcastle will be strengthening their squad in the summer, and with say four or five top players coming in and some dead-wood being moved out, Newcastle should have a much improved squad for next season.
Maybe we can then make an effort to go for a Champions League position next season?
It’s exciting to even think about it.