Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Life After Arsenal

Now that England have jettisoned some of the unsavoury characters that made watching them unbearable I could quite get into sitting back with a beer cheering them on in Brazil (especially Jack and Alex) but it’s not the same as watching the Arsenal.

I also look forward to the great players: some known and some to make their mark at this most special of World Cups but it’s not the same as watching the Arsenal.
The play offs were quite entertaining and if they are low on quality they are always full of drama but it’s not the same as watching the Arsenal.

I always look on The Champions League Final with a sense of envy: it really is the most magical of games and the elation that greeted Bale’s goal was special but it’s not the same as watching the Arsenal.

Wimbledon produces some moments of drama and incident and in terms of a British tournament it retains its quintessential status but it’s not the same as watching the Arsenal.

The Community Shield on 9th August and the first leg of a Playoff round of the Champions League 10/11 days later mean an early start for the Arsenal this season and I for one can’t wait to see the Arsenal on that Wembley turf, because in sports terms there are many great events and many great stars but you know what? Nothing beats watching the Arsenal

Monday, 12 May 2014


The overall feeling I have regarding Manchester City winning the Premier League is not antipathy, joy or resentment: its indifference. Another team in blue win the league with an expensively assembled squad. Okay that’s the reality of the Premier League as evidenced by Chelsea previously and Blackburn before them. City won the league fair and square so there you go. Anything but victory I believe would have been seen as failure as the squad they have is clearly the best in the land.

What their Title means is that, as they have won the League Cup also, there can only be two clubs with something to show for 2013/14: Manchester City and of course Hull City or The Arsenal.

Don’t try and tell me that there are not 18 Premier clubs and the rest from the lower leagues who wouldn’t want to be striding out onto the Wembley turf come Saturday at 5:00. In a glass half empty world Arsenal failed to retain our place at the top this season, for want of a couple of additions and a bit of fortune as regards injury. From a glass half full perspective we closed the gap on those teams above us considerably from past seasons and now have an opportunity to claim that famous Trophy at the weekend.

On Saturday it’s a psychological test above all else, a test of the teams ability to have the appropriate mind set. Our psychological frailties need to be consigned to the past and yes we have shown a mental fragility this season. What other explanation is there for the following statistic?

Arsenal v the top 3

Away: P-3 W-0 L-3 D-0 F-4 A-17
Home: P-5 W-2 L-1 D-2 F-4 A-3

We need to get our minds right and approach the game with confidence that we are better than Hull City, not arrogance: confidence and certainly no fear.

Let’s book our place in the Community Shield and lets be one of the two teams with something to be proud of this season: that all to hard to come by trophy.

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