How a Top Four Finish Could be Damaging for Arsenal

It’s important Arsenal qualify for the Champions League but a top four finish could turn out to be counter productive.

It could be counter productive for the very reasons that Arsene Wenger has approached the transfer market in the way he has done ever since he’s been at the club.

If the Gunners don’t finish in the top four, that makes it obvious that they have big problems, which need to be addressed in terms of players and how they can improve to challenge for the title next season.

It would have a shock effect which would force Wenger to drop his normal approach to the transfer market and start spending some cash to try and get bigger players to sign for the club.

There could very easily be an air of ‘the squad is good enough’ if Arsenal make it into the top four for the umpteenth season in a row, despite the fact they look a million miles away from actually winning anything.

Of course a top four finish is very important because of the Champions League and the match day and sponsorship revenue which that competition creates, which will be put back into the infrastructure of the club and team.

It’s also a very important competition for the young squad that Arsenal have because they will only improve playing against the best teams and players regularly. However, the Europa League could easily have a similar and productive long term effect.

Wenger has always maintained his transfer policy of spending low and turning players into superstars, despite the fact their rivals around them have spent big to ensure that they get the biggest stars and pay the biggest contracts to make sure no players leave.

Arsenal fans everywhere will be crying out to get back to the days when the team was going an entire Premier League season without losing a game, with a side filled with superstar players committed to the club.

Something needs to change and it’s the shock of not finishing in the top four, which could prompt it. Wenger is not going anywhere and Arsenal shouldn’t want him to go or let him go because he’s still a superb boss.

Therefore, something externally which affects the club needs to happen to make him change his ways of thinking when it comes to how he approaches the methods he has always used because they are becoming outdated.

Arsenal are getting fought for every single teenage prodigy who is now breaking into European football, with the top sides willing to pay millions for the sort of players that Arsenal once picked up for a few hundred thousand when they were 15 or 16-years-old.

Not finishing in the top four will make it harder for the club to attract the best players but it will make Arsenal try harder than ever before to do just that, because it will be proof for the first time in well over a decade that the club is going backwards instead of maintain a solid position.

Gunners, do you think a top four finish would be negative, despite the obvious benefit of Champions League football?

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