5 reasons why Arsenal have a good shot at one of the cups
With Manchester City streaking ahead in the Premier League table right now, it seems like a true title challenge is beyond any of England’s other big clubs. Of all of the other potential challengers, though, that rings true mostly for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s team once again failed to truly strengthen in the summer transfer window – only signing Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac – and they currently sit 6th in the league table.
With a title challenge out of the window – and let’s be honest, it will likely be a struggle for them to even make the Champions League at this point – it might be a good time for Arsenal to turn their attention to the two domestic cup competitions.
After all, a little bit of silverware – even if it’s something like the Carabao Cup – could help to settle down the fans who might be angry about the lack of a true title challenge.
Here are five reasons why Arsenal could definitely still win one of the cup competitions this season.
#5 None of the other big clubs really care
One of the big criticisms of Tottenham – Arsenal’s biggest rivals – since Mauricio Pochettino took over is that for all of their improvements – they’re now top four regulars and genuine title contenders – they have yet to actually win any silverware.
But realistically, does that matter? Or is it true that being in the Champions League, facing off against Europe’s elite, and challenging for the title is better than winning one of the secondary cups?
While the fans might flip-flop over this particular issue, it’s almost certain that the money men behind the scenes at the clubs would certainly prefer a spot in the Champions League than a cup win. The Champions League is a ticket to untold riches, and if you can stay there you’re instantly seen as one of Europe’s true elite clubs. And of course, Arsene Wenger himself argued for years that getting into the Premier League’s top four counted as much as winning a trophy.
So will the other big clubs – particularly the five still in the Champions League; Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham – really be focused on the cup competitions? Most likely not.
The Carabao Cup is all but over already – more on that in a moment – and while the FA Cup is only just getting started, it’s a distraction that those five clubs simply don’t want or need. Meaning the path is clear for Arsenal to capture one of those trophies.