Manchester City’s victory 3-2 over Everton this evening means Arsenal have secured fourth place in the Premier League and with it the opportunity to play Champions League football again next season.
We knew a win against West Brom tomorrow would have been enough to seal the deal but with one game remaining and a four point gap on the Toffees we’re now able to relax when the Baggies visit the Emirates.
It’ll be interesting to see if tonight’s result – one which takes City top and seriously puts pressure on Liverpool’s title challenge – shapes Arsene Wenger’s team selection.
On the one hand the boss certainly doesn’t need to take any risks. On the other he’ll be hoping to maintain the good momentum we’ve built up in the last four weeks.
Interestingly if we beat the Baggies and Norwich we’ll end up on 79 points, the fifth highest total of the Wenger era and a point more than the total that secured the league title in 1998.
No trophy. But with the FA Cup final on the horizon we’ve a chance to rectify that.