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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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.
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
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
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.
Nobody has a comparable away record against the top teams this season to us, ever, i should imagine?
shewore
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
Spurs away record against the top teams this season, let alone ever, is worse than ours.
Amos.
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.
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
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.
Given that there may be a bit lost in translation, I think Nacho has spoken intelligently about the revised objectives and does speak the mind of most fans. It was disappointing to be top for so long and when we had to be knocked off our perch, it had to be in such circumstances as suffering a string of bad losses dropping us all the way down to fighting for 4th. This would only make sense if, for a change, we actually make progress next season, overcoming the shortcomings mentioned in some of the comments here.
Naijagunner
If you're looking at specific results to explain where we are then the defeat away to Stoke and the draw at home to Swansea, games we might have been expected to win, are the principle reasons why we're not still among the pack - more so than away defeats, games you might expect to lose, against the top teams. Having said that 'pool have been on a really good run ever since they got knocked out of the FAC and only had the league to concentrate on. Sometimes circumstances just conspire to favour a particular outcome as much as they discourage another.
Amos.
I've been saying what Nacho just reiterated to friends for a while now, not that we should be content with our finishing position. Perhaps the early season changed expectations and the manner in which we fell three or possible four positions lower in the league caused quite a stir. Injuries played a huge part but I cannot find a reason for the atrocious away defeats that you guys have mentioned. 6-3, 5-1, 6-0 and 3-0. Four really disappointing games.
Nwankwo25
The games would have been just as disappointing if we'd lost them all 1-0. So we haven't done damage limitation well this season then.
Amos.
I fear you're right, Amos, i got their stuffings with Man City in the wrong order. You're not still beating the '1-0 defeat is the same as a 6-0 one', are you?? It's total nonsense!
shewore
No Amos, 1nils would have been explainable or rather an annoyance in contrast to humiliation and utter gutlessness of those aforementioned defeats.
Nwankwo25
There was nothing gutless about the 6-3 defeat to City. I'm not even sure that applies to any of the defeats but if it does I don't see why that couldn't apply as much or more even to a 1-0 defeat. It's just as easy to offer an explanation for a 1-0 defeat as it is a 6-0 defeat - and just as pointless - literally and figuratively.
Amos.
The team has given us much to cheer about this season. It is unfortunately the case that we tend to weigh losses more than gains. So perhaps we should respect Monreal's heartfelt evaluation. Hopefully, the end of the season will bring a collective agreement on the relatively good ride we enjoyed for much of the season.
NYArse
 

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