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Top 4 & FA Cup Win Would Be A Good Season

Top 4 & FA Cup Win Would Be A Good Season

Arsenal left back, Nacho Monreal claims a top four finish and an FA Cup win would represent a good season for the Gunners.

His comments are likely to inflame some sections of the Arsenal support, however before the season kicked off I would wager, almost to a man, we would all have agreed with him, but with Arsenal`s early season form seeing us top the table for a good long while, the March-collapse left many Gooners feeling a little deflated.

The Spanish left-back claimed that despite harbouring desires on winning the title, should we get top four and beat Hull in the final it will show an improvement at the club.

'The team started the season playing with great confidence and everyone performed at a great level. The fact that we topped the table for a while proved that we were doing a great job." Monreal told Arsenal.com

'I understand that the fans can be discouraged due to the fact that we had chances to win the title at some point this season, but finishing in the top four is a great objective and if we can add up some silverware by winning the FA Cup this season`s outcome will be positive."

Monreal also pointed out some reasons for our league title demise 'Unfortunately some factors such as injuries or not having been in the best possible form undermined us. The rest of the teams improved as the season went by and soon started to collect many points. It is true that we had a hard time. We didn`t play well against the best teams and we conceded many goals.'

'People shouldn`t forget that a Premier League top-four finish is really complicated since many teams in the league have a great level, clinching a Champions League spot for 17 years in a row is not easy at all."






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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Wednesday April 23 2014
Time: 10:03AM

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Any such palliative comments will inflame some sections of support but he's right. However we've still yet to achieve even these revised aims. We were never favourites to win the league but to do so would have needed things to have gone in our favour more than they did. But it's not an impossible dream either - which makes it both exciting and frustrating at the same time.
Amos.
23/04/2014 10:33:00
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I don't think anyone could disagree with a word of what Nacho says. Perfect summing up of the season so far. There has been improvement in the squad and that will remain the case regardless of where we are at the end of May. But yeah, let's get that top-four place and that FA Cup - then we can celebrate a good season.
FunGunner
23/04/2014 10:53:00
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There's a definate improvement. We topped the table for a while, it's just the manner od the defeats in the big away games that makes it feel much much worse, and not like improvement at all. But a trophy and top four would clearly be an improvement, then if we can just get rid of whatever it is we do at away games against the big clubs that sees us getting routinely hammered we'll be in with a genuine shout.
Rocky7
23/04/2014 11:22:00
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We were a bit slow out of the blocks in the away games against the others teams in the current top five this season and were behind before we knew it. But it's not as though we have a history of such defeats, not more than any comparable side anyway, so other than the disappointment of taking a hammering (not sure to what extent a 3 goal margin can be considered a hammering) in a couple of games I don't think there's much for us to be concerned about in dealing with it a little better in future.
Amos.
23/04/2014 12:08:00
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Nobody has a comparable away record against the top teams this season to us, ever, i should imagine?
shewore
23/04/2014 12:21:00
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No we've never suffered this heavily Amos, but we have, more often than not, suffered defeats away at the big teams. Which should be worrying that it's getting worse and not better.
Rocky7
23/04/2014 12:28:00
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Spurs away record against the top teams this season, let alone ever, is worse than ours.
Amos.
23/04/2014 12:29:00
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Most teams have tended to lose away to the top teams Rocky. The top teams do tend to have good home records. It kind of explains itself in a way.
Amos.
23/04/2014 12:32:00
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Actually it's very comparable; Spurs F 1 A 13 Arsenal F 4 A 17.... and if you include Utd then theirs is better than ours.
shewore
23/04/2014 12:35:00
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I think your stats are slightly wrong shewore. Spuds had a losing margin of 14 goals against the top three sides and we had a losing margin 13 goals. If you include Utd then their record is better than ours but if you include their home record against the top three it's much worse than ours. The only thing that matters is that our overall record against all the teams is better than theirs and currently better than all others bar three. Individual results are not really significant in the context of a league system. Each season has its own dynamic and it only ever matters how many points we can gather in total.
Amos.
23/04/2014 12:53:00
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