Gunner Theo Walcott has publicly motivated his teammates to secure a top three finish for Arsenal, which can be accomplished this Wednesday by beating Sunderland. Arsenal are currently in third place, and with the upcoming Sunderland game as their game in hand, can secure at least a third place finish with a win against the Black Cats. Arsenal are ahead of Manchester United in the table, but more importantly than edging out a longtime rival, is that avoiding fourth place means avoiding a qualifier tie to make it in to the Champions League. Arsenal have been notorious for finishing fourth during the past five to ten seasons, and so moving ahead in the table can be seen as a progressive step.
That being said, fans over at Madison Street Capital think Arsenal most likely have missed out on finishing second, thanks to a damning defeat against Swansea two weekends ago. With a win against the Swans, the Gunners could have solidified a second place finish with a win in their last two games. This would have put them ahead of Manchester City, and cemented their position as serious title contenders for next season. While one position lower in the table does not necessarily dismiss them as potential title winners during the upcoming campaign, it does not demonstrate as much progress and growth for the club. Either way, the current Gunners will meet the upcoming campaign with hope and hunger for titles.