Darren Fletcher: This is where Arsenal will finish this season
By Matt Farr
West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher has backed Arsenal to make amends for their recent slump and finish in the top four this season.
The 33-year-old midfielder was part of the West Brom side that won 3-1 against Arsenal on Saturday, condemning them to a fourth league defeat in five games.
Arsenal’s defeat also saw them drop to seventh in the Premier League table, an incredible 19 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
But Fletcher insists that Arsenal can group together and bounce back to regain their place in the top four at the end of the season.
He told TalkSport: “The old school leaders are falling out of the game, there’s no doubt about that.
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“I think they’re stuck in a rut just now, that result in Europe was disappointing and sometimes you get stuck in a little rut and you’ve got to group together as characters to get out of it.
“I’m sure they’ll give it one last push to get in that top four as they always seem to do, they always seem to make it.”
Fletcher’s comments will no doubt delight Arsenal fans, who continue to vent their frustrations towards manager Arsene Wenger.
However, they will do little to mask the fact that Arsenal are a club in disarray, facing the prospect of a season without European football next term.
The former Manchester United midfielder also highlighted that there was a severe lack of leadership in the Arsenal camp, with goalkeeper Petr Cech the only genuine leader in their side.
He admitted that West Brom were able to capitalise on the lack of leadership when Cech was forced off with an injury in the first-half.
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