Arsenal are in most danger of falling out of the top four

Arsene Wenger Waves

Despite exiting the Champions League, an increasing injury list and focus on the FA Cup could see the Gunners end up in the Europa League next season.

After Arsenal succumbed to a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich and with it departure from the Champions League, there is the chance now for the Gunners to perform better in the league from here on in given no further European distractions.and exertions.

It may have come too late for Arsenal though, as they might not even make the top four let alone win the Premier League.

Tottenham are in a shambles at present but are only six points behind, albeit having played a game more. Yet  Arsene Wenger's men have to face their North London rivals at White Hart Lane on Sunday in what will no doubt be a fierce affair. A win for Spurs would certainly re-ignite their season, potentially at Arsenal's cost.

To make matters worse Arsenal's fixtures thereafter represent a tough assignment, with trips to Chelsea and Everton and the visit of Manchester City, who are only two points behind and have two games in hand, sandwiched in between.

Mesut Ozil's withdrawal with a serious hamstring problem at half-time in the Bayern game was the latest sign of Arsenal's injury crisis. The German international joins Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Nicklas Bendtner on the treatment table.

Such a crisis coupled with a tough set of matches ahead will ask serious questions of Arsenal's ability to maintain the kind of form that saw them top the table earlier on in the season.

The momentum would appear to be with Liverpool right now, who some perceive as the weakest team in the top four if only in terms of squad depth and lack of experience. 

Certainly what counts in the Reds' favour is the fact that they only have the Premier League to focus on while Arsenal continue to be engaged in the FA Cup, a competition which they must surely now be favourites for given Manchester City's chastening defeat at home to Wigan.

This tag will only add pressure on Arsenal's season especially considering that they are desperate to win a trophy after so long without any success.

To win in the FA Cup and to do so ten years on since they last won it and anything of note would offer some symmetry and solace but one can't help but feel something might have to give in somewhat typical fashion.

Losing out on the top tour place would be just that and whether it is worth it in order to capture a cup is a totally different question entirely, but that could well be what the Gunners face up to come the season's climax.

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