It’s not often a side has to travel to Bayern Munich and Sutton United in the space of five days, but that’s a position Arsenal will find themselves in next week. Prior to that there’s a Premier League clash will Hull City, followed by tricky ties against Liverpool and Leicester City.
To cut a long story short, these next four weeks could make or break Arsene Wenger.
A month ago, Saturday’s visit of Hull would’ve been considered an easy three points for the Gunners. But the two clubs have taken the same amount of points from their last five fixtures, and the Tigers will head to the Emirates confident of a victory.
Should they do just that, the north London outfit will probably find themselves in sixth place in the table as a result.
Then it’s a trip to the Allianz Arena, where only a brave person would back against Bayern Munich winning. The Bundesliga leaders haven’t lost a home game for almost a year, and there’s nothing to suggest that’ll change when the Gunners come to town.
Following that, Arsenal will head to Gander Green Lane, to face Sutton United in the Emirates FA Cup. It’s unknown how Wenger will approach that game. But having already defeated English football giants Leeds United in this remarkable cup run, fans of the National League minnows will believe their side still have one more upset in them.
The tricky away days don’t stop coming though, as a trip to Anfield awaits Arsenal next. Having lost to the Reds once already this season, they’ll head into that match as outsiders – and rightly so.
Then comes the return leg against Bayern at the Emirates, just three days after the Liverpool game. Wenger will be hoping his side still have a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals, although our money would be on the visitors doing the double.
To round things off, the Gunners will welcome reigning Premier League champions Leicester City to north London. By this point, the Foxes could be fighting for their lives. With that in mind, Leicester’s current form counts for nothing.
Failure to progress to the last eight in the Emirates FA Cup, coupled with a Champions League exit would surely leave Wenger’s future in the hands of the board.
So come March 11, how many competitions will Arsenal still be in? And will we know more about who’ll be in charge of the Gunners next campaign?
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