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To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, nothing in this world is certain, except death, taxes and Arsenal's annual slump and subsequent recovery to earn Champions League football for another year.
In his 16 years at Arsenal's helm, Arsene Wenger has never failed to finish in the top four, and there is absolutely no reason why that will begin now.
Virtually every season, the "Arsene Must Go" boo boys cite their displeasure at disappointing defeats, lack of spending and willingness to cash in on their biggest assets, but Monsieur Wenger always finds a way to keep the Gunners among the big boys.
Arsenal have won their last three league games and sit three points outside the top four with a game in hand—they appear to be out of the sinking for this season.
With the acquisition of a world-class striker like David Villa (with whom they have been linked by The Independent) and a relatively easy run-in of QPR, Wigan and Newcastle in their final three games, Arsenal could even match last year's top-three finish.
Statistical patterns, however, suggests Wenger will earn his mythical "fourth-place trophy" once again. Since 2006/07, they have alternated between finishing in third and fourth place. In 2012/13, the pattern points to fourth.