Today, in front of a sparse crowd at The Emirates, Arsenal got their second win and second clean sheet in 4 days. A 2-0 Europa League win in Milan on Thursday was followed by by a 3-0 victory vs Watford. New men Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan were central figures against The Hornets, and The Gunners may have turned a corner.
A woeful run of results saw the pressure pile on Arsene Wenger, but these two victories should raise his spirits. The stay away fans remain a huge worry though, and it will take a lot more to get them back onside. Lifting the Europa League trophy might be the only way Wenger will get to keep his job.
Wenger: Arsenal Back On Track
Wenger discussed the stay away fans after the match, and he is understandably worried. He said: “Yes of course I worry. I want our fans to be behind the team and to be happy.”
“But after what happened in that week, it's a bit understandable. We are in a job where we have to get the fans on our side and do absolutely everything to do it, to achieve it.”
He continued: “We have still some work to do, but we are on a good way. There's a lot of negativity. It's like rain in England — it's easy to get.”
“I don't know how much negativity is out there, I focus on my job. I think I've shown in 22 years that I can do that. That I respect everybody's opinion and I focus on my job with total commitment.”
Europa League Or Bust For Wenger
It really is a case of win or bust for Arsene Wenger in the Europa League. His team are 12 points behind Liverpool in 4th in the Premier League and their top 4 dreams are over.
Arsenal need to be back in the Champions League, and they only way they can achieve that is by winning the Europa. A fine result in Milan has some pundits believing they can do it, but they need to finish the job in the 2nd leg on Thursday night.