I'd love an Arsenal player to come out and say: 'Top of the League for 2/3 of season and ending up 4th? Terrible.' #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 28, 2014
The 49-year-old British journalist and Arsenal fan explained to his four million followers on Twitter what he would personally like to hear Gunners players say about the team’s performance this term.
Several of the North Londoners’ first-team have come out in the past few weeks to profess their satisfaction with their fourth place finish in the Premier League, provided they win the FA Cup next month.
Arsenal take on Hull in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday May 17 hoping to put an end to their nine-year silverware drought under Arsene Wenger. However, the Gunners were top of the Premier League table for long spells this season, all the way up until their crucial February and March clashes in quick succession against their title rivals.
The Gunners won eight of the first ten games of the season (losing only to Aston Villa on the opening day back in August and drawing with West Brom in October). Out of their 19 games in 2013 of this season, Wenger’s side won an impressive 13 of them, losing just three but in the 2014 stretch of this season, the North Londoners have won just eight out of fifteen, and winning just five since the start of February.
Should the Gunners lift the FA Cup trophy next month, fans such as Morgan will surely consider that a success in and of itself, but questions will still asked over the players’ and the coach’s ambition if they celebrate a fourth-place finish as they did last season on the final day of term against Newcastle.
Few had backed Arsenal as title favourites, even while they stood at the summit, but their fall from their perch will surely be a cause for concern for the manager who has yet to announce his plans for the future beyond June.