Heavily scrutinised by the fans and the media alike, manager Arsene Wenger was under immense pressure after his team succumbed to their worst start of the season in a long time. Things were looking bleak and the coveted Champions League spot that they have managed to hold for all these years looked like slipping away.
Growing pressure on the manager was reminiscence of the poor performance of the team and the lack of quality they had on the pitch. The team were struggling defensively and offensively and their was little respite for the legendary manager. But those are things of the past and Arsenal have now found continuity in their displays, grinding out some very important results and slowly rising up the table, closer to the UEFA Champions League spot.
A 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United, followed by a 2-2 draw against Liverpool were two very important results. The shared spoils at Liverpool might have been hard for the manager to absorb after they threw away their lead in injury time, but nevertheless it was a result that Arsene Wenger would gladly accept after their side were poor on the day.
Another important clash came last night for Arsenal when they started off the festive season at home to strugglers, QPR. This was a match that Arsenal had to win to maintain their climb up the table and to pile up pressure on West Ham and Southampton for the top four. A match that should have been a piece of cake was turned into a topsy-turvy ride but Arsenal somehow managed to scrape off another victory by defeating QPR 2-1 on 26 December, 2014.
A performance below par would worry the manager but would also send a huge relief after his side still managed to see off the job. Arsene Wenger would now look forward to their next match in 2 days time against West Ham United, a team that is just above them. The clash will be extremely important for both sides and will surely be a mouth watering clash. Arsene Wenger would be looking to keep their run of good results going, no matter how they come.
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