Arsenal's Demolition Should Serve as Wake-Up for Premier League Push

Andrew PreglerContributor IIIFebruary 15, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal pulls his socks up after coming on as a substitute during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between AC Milan and Arsenal at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 15, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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With Arsenal's humiliating defeat at the hands of AC Milan, there is little to seem positive about. Arsenal played in poor form and Milan capitalized early. The end result was a 4-0 score line that makes everyone associated with the Gunners slightly uneasy. 

However, there is a huge positive that can be taken from this: A rush at the fourth spot in the Premier League. Objectively, there is little hope that Arsenal can match the score line when Milan travels to the Emirates.

While fans and Arsene Wenger are more than likely going to show fight on the 6th of March, when looking at the upcoming schedule, it makes sense to turn this victory and second leg game into a galvanizing force for a Champions League spot next season. 

Arsenal gets their second look at Sunderland, this time without hero Thierry Henry, in an FA Cup match-up that will be played entirely on how Wenger feels on a push for the Cup.

With the North London Derby the following week, it would not surprise to see Wenger play more reserves against Sunderland, take a draw or loss and rest players for Tottenham. The following weeks do not get any easier for the Gunners, as they face off against two other teams vying for the fourth spot in the Premiership. 

Arsenal must travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in a game that will be hyped as Robin Van Persie vs Luis Suarez (a battle of good and evil, in my book) that will be anything but easy. 

After Milan comes to London, Arsenal must be ready to take on rising power Newcastle, a team who is dedicated to grabbing the fourth spot and would be more than happy to steal a game from a fatigued Arsenal. 

Moral of the story: The Champions League run for Arsenal is all but over after today. It is crushing and disappointing, but Milan is a good measuring stick for how Arsenal must play if they are to survive the next stretch of league matches. 

If Captain Van Persie and Boss Wenger are intelligent (which they have proven to be) they will use this loss as a way to motivate the Gunners to stand strong and hold on to fourth. If not, this season could be headed down a disastrous path. 

(Side Note: Can anyone explain to me where the Yellow Kits came from? I was sporting my Blue one today feeling like I missed a memo. Also how do fans feel about the New Arsenal Kits?)

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