Why Drawing Barcelona Could Be Good News For Arsenal
Firstly, this could be the best chance Arsene Wenger’s side have had of winning the Premier League since they last lifted the trophy in 2004. Everyone is slipping up at the moment, and although they haven’t looked flawless themselves, they are currently top of the table, at least until Leicester play Chelsea tonight.
In terms of what it does for their league chances, drawing Barcelona actually creates a win-win situation for the North Londoners.
Let’s say the conclusion to the two-legged tie is what most people expect it to be – a comfortable win for the best team in the world. Arsenal will be out of the competition without losing any great amount of pride, and Wenger can simply focus all his attention on the title race. There’ll be less of a chance of picking up anymore crucial injuries, and fewer fixtures to consider for the man-in-charge when it comes to planning tactics.
That might just give Arsenal the edge they need in what looks like being a very open race for top spot.
If we were to flip things round and say, hypothetically, that they managed to pull off a miraculous victory over Luis Enrique’s side, could there be a better boost of confidence for the squad? I doubt it. This would give them the belief that they could beat anyone and everyone, and if they can overcome a team as good as Barcelona, there’s no reason why they can’t challenge for both the league and Champions League.
Personally, I can’t see them outscoring Barca, but you’ve got to beat the best to be the best, so if they’re not good enough to win the tournament they may as well go out now and concentrate on achievements that are realistic.
So, Arsenal fans, stop mourning your bad luck and see it as an opportunity to pull off something special, and if it doesn’t work out, there’s still plenty more in this season for you.