Arsenal cannot fail against Fenerbahce, says Hansen
Alan Hansen has told BBC Sport that Arsenal are under severe pressure to qualify for the Champions League group stage this season, with the Gunners yet to spend any money this summer, and having lost their opening Premier League fixture.
There was considerable unrest on Saturday from the Arsenal supporters, who saw their side go down 3-1 to Aston Villa. The subject of the discontent was manager Arsene Wenger’s failure to make a notable signing thus far, despite having big money available to spend.
Arsenal face a tough Champions League qualifier with Fenerbahce this month, with the first leg in Turkey on Wednesday. Along with the two games against last season’s Europa League semi-finalists, the North Londoners face Premier League encounters with Fulham, and arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
And former Liverpool defender Hansen believes that if Arsenal fail to win any of those games, their season would be effectively over. He said: “(If Arsenal lose to Fenerbahce) They will be left with the League Cup and FA Cup as they aren't going to win the title. The worst-case scenario is that they don't win any of the four matches and the season is effectively over.”
Even if Arsenal lose the Champions League qualifier, they might still be reinstated, however, as Fenerbahce face a hearing about match fixing allegations on August 28 - the day of the second leg, which may see them disqualified.
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