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Thursday, April 28, 2011

De Jong targets Arsenal

Having recently been overtaken by Chelsea in the Premier League table, it is almost unthinkable that Arsenal could drop another place before the season ends, thus having to go through the qualification stages of the Champions League later this year.

However, Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong believes his team can cast a further blow to the Gunners season by overtaking them into 3rd place over the coming weeks.

As things stand, those watching live football regularly will be able to tell you that Arsenal are only five points ahead of City and Roberto Mancini’s men have a game in hand. Looking at it like this, it really could happen. How disastorous would that be?

The fact that it is even being talked about is a negative thing for Arsenal. Not so long ago they were neck and neck with Manchester United with the title, now they are being chased by the blue half of Manchester and might not even finish in the top three.

Anyway, back to De Jong for a second who said: “If we keep our focus then of course we can challenge for third place but all we can do is keep winning and see what happens.”

“We are in the top four and that is where we want to stay and the way to do that is to not think about the future only the next match.”

Not the most interesting of quotes I am sure you will agree, but it has highlighted an issue that not many would have thought about. Chelsea snuck up on Arsenal and now it is Manchester City’s turn.

If Arsenal drop to 4th, it would be a disastrous end to a season that has crumbled before them. The pain of a sixth season without a trophy would at least have been eased by the fact that Wenger’s young side are Manchester United’s biggest challengers for the title, but that is a distant memory now.

Arsenal just need to pick themselves up again and make the most of what is left of this campaign. The aim has to be to finish 2nd. Brush aside the threat from City, overtake Chelsea once again and finish on a positive note.

Otherwise, it could be a very long final four games.

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