Gunners need to keep fighting

Monday 4th March 2013 11:01

Wilshere: Shows his disappointment on Sunday

Wilshere: Shows his disappointment on Sunday

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FanZone's Arsenal blogger JC is reluctantly conceding the north London bragging rights - but believes the Gunners can catch Chelsea in fourth.

On a practical level, that was a slip-up Arsenal simply couldn't afford.

Another self-destruction leaves us seven points off Spurs, and five points adrift of Chelsea.

With the situation being what it is, I honestly don't care about North London bragging rights anymore. I just want us to, somehow, scrape our way into the top four.

For all Spurs' history of implosions, I just don't see us catching them anymore. A painful admission, but an honest one that we should probably just accept.

They are a much tougher side, after some early season wobbles, than they were last year, and, in Gareth Bale, have a player hitting form at the right time.

We, meanwhile, have Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud - neither of whom has scored in the last six outings - who have managed to synchronize their dry patches.

While rumours of a £1.5billion takeover seem daft (if simply because the board would never sell), it is pertinent that one of the conditions is that we qualify for next season's Champions League.

For us to not be in Europe's elite competition for the first time since 1998 would be a huge blow - not only financial, with the club having relied on the pay-offs from the competition these last eight years, but also in terms of attracting star players.

The best want to play with and against the best, not the rest. It's that simple.

And we only need to look at Liverpool, who have been absent from the Champions League for each of the last three seasons, to know how difficult it can be to break back into the top four once you have fallen out.

As I've said previously, there are a lot of issues at the club. From the boardroom, to the backroom staff and the squad, a shake-up is needed in the summer.

But there is no use in grumbling and muttering, and booing. Now we must all just pull together, get behind Arsene Wenger and his lads, and hope they can summon up the strength and the fight to get us over the line.

Chelsea are about as unpredictable as we are. Their form has never been particular convincing since a certain Spaniard took charge. Rafa Benitez seems somewhat incapable of saying anything right and, with the distraction of Europe, hopefully we can oust them.

We may be down, and things definitely are looking bleak, but, with 30 points still to play for, the fan in me is refusing to give up. Never, never, never give up.

By JC London, FanZone's Arsenal blogger. Follow @FanZone on Twitter!

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