As Arsenal entertained West Ham at the Emirates on Tuesday night Arsene Wenger knew a win was an absolute must to give his side any hope of finishing inside the top four. Despite conceding the first goal to Matt Jarvis on 39mins the Gunners ran out 3-1 winners with a Lukas Podolski brace and a Olivier Giroud strike was enough to send Arsenal into fourth place, at least until Everton play Crystal Palace the next day.
Arsenal needed Everton to slip up, but at home they have very rarely this season not come away with 3 points. They came up against a well drilled Palace side and surprisingly went down 3-2 at home to leave Arsenal in control of their top 4 destiny.
Arsenal’s run in of Hull, Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich is far more easier than Everton’s fixtures in which they play both Manchester clubs. Arsenal’s top four hopes are in their own hands, win all remaining games and fourth spot and Champions League qualification will be theirs.
With Mesut Ozil returning to face Hull this week and Aaron Ramsey stepping up his efforts to once again be restored to the starting XI, Arsenal’s chances of finishing inside the top four look increasingly likely as well as a FA Cup final to look to end their 8 year trophy drought, its suddenly looking up for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Finishing fourth is a must for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger with Champions League football a big lure for any potential big name signing that Wenger hopes to make during the summer. But the question remains, can Arsenal finish inside the top four this year yet again? Given Wenger’s experience at this stage of the season and a FA Cup final on the horizon Arsenal simply have too much to play for and should reward their fans with 4th in the league and finally that piece of silverware that have so desperately craved,Arsenal fans can dare to dream.