Pundit – Arsenal’s Top Priority Now Has To Be Europa League


Mark Lawrenson has predicted a draw on Sunday between Newcastle United and Arsenal.

It would seem Newcastle have a good chance to take something out of this game with Arsenal having had a long trip to Moscow on Thursday night to play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.

The Gunners have now reached the semi-final stage in the competition and pundit Mark Lawrenson makes a good point that the Gunners’ top priority will now

If they can win that competition they will qualify for the Champions League, something they cannot do by finishing in the top four in the Premier League.

They are 13 points behind 4th placed Tottenham with only six games to play.

Two of the best managers in the world shake hands last December at the Emirates

Here’s what Mark has said as he looks at a prediction for the game on Sunday at St. James’ Park:

“Arsenal have won their past six games in all competitions but that is what they always seem to do at this stage of the season when the pressure is off them.”

“Newcastle are also on a good run, winning three in a row. They are pretty much safe now and are in the top half, which is great for them because most of this season has been a slog.”

“I am going to go for a draw but it is hard to predict a result for this one because I have no idea what sort of team Arsene Wenger will put out after Thursday’s trip to Moscow.”

“Winning the Europa League to get into the Champions League is obviously the priority for the Gunners now.”

We would take a draw on Sunday but win is really what we need if we are to finish in the top ten this season, and that would be an excellent achievement for a team so young and inexperienced.

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5 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa’s presser
    on team changes: “If we continue winning we won’t make too
    many changes. I want to play Slimani but it depends on him.
    He’s trained well but Joselu, Gayle and Ayoze have too”

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  • Jib

    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa on Arsenal’s tiredness:
    “When you are used to playing two games
    a week and have an experienced manager it doesn’t matter much
    The reality is Arsenal are one of the top teams in English football.
    They have quality “

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 13, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Wilshere and Ramsey are injury doubts apparently.
    There’s nowt the matter with them, apart from a nasty dose of The Diame Fear.

    Get into em! Howay the lads!

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  • lesh

    Apr 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #4

    The difference in squads, Arsenal having more strength in depth than we have, will make the difference on Sunday. At best, a draw is to be expected and we can only hope that Rafa’s tactical nous compensates for any squad weaknesses. Maybe Rafa can pull a rabbit out the hat and give us a very welcome three points.

    It should though be a good game with two very capable managers overseeing things.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 13, 2018 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Nah – I’ll take 2-0 to us, less stress and better for the goal difference

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