We all know the tale about Arsenal not having won silverware since their FA Cup triumph since 2005. Therefore, it would be interesting to see how many Gunners agree with Olivier Giroud that the priority this season is fourth place.
Arsenal face Brighton away in the FA Cup this weekend and they stand as good a chance as any other team of winning the tournament bearing in mind the recent pain of their humiliation at the hands of Bradford City in the League Cup.
There can be no doubt that the Champions League is imperative to Arsenal in terms of what they are trying to achieve, the players they can attract and also financially due to the extensive TV revenue the tournament generates.
However, an average Arsenal fan may just want a little taste of success because the club seem so far away from winning the European Cup that it makes their final appearance a few years ago seem absolutely remarkable.
“We have to concentrate on the Champions League places. It is our objective and we really want to get there - if we play like we did against West Ham from the kick-off (in every game), it will be much better for us,” Giroud told ESPN.
Arsenal are in one of the best financial places the club has ever been in following the repayment completion for the Emirates Stadium and the sound way the club has been run via its current business model.
Pressure is building all the time because Arsenal fans are now being asked to pay more than ever before to follow their club with an average match day ticket costing well over £100.
Therefore, shouldn’t the priority of the club be giving a little bit back to the fans in the form of a genuine attempt to win a domestic competition, regardless of how it’s perceived by the club or the manager.
No doubt Arsenal will make several changes to the side that plays against Brighton, a team in a better position than they ever have been and a team that will be right up for the occasion with some superb home support.
If this happens and Brighton produce a superb performance, knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup then the side is under greater pressure than ever to produce a fourth place finish.
If this doesn’t happen then it could be the worst season for Arsenal in recent memory, coming at a time when the manager and the club officials continue to defend the way the club is run.
Arsenal fans, we’d be really interested in hearing your views on this matter.
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