Sunday, 5 January 2014

Win the league? I don't care, this has already been a top season

DO I want Arsenal to win the Premier League this season? Of course I do, will I moan if they don't? No, of course I won't.
The 'experts' don't think we can win the league, despite a first half of the season which has seen wins over Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle and draws with Chelsea and Everton.
Yes we lost to Man United and were thrashed by Manchester City (who hasn't been?) but the point being is this season Arsenal have put themselves firmly in the top four.
This is a strange Premier League offering some strange results, if that continues then who knows? Arsene Wenger could end the trophy drought with his fourth PL title.
Chelsea have to go to Anfield and the Etihad before the end of the season, Man City have to travel to the Emirates and to Old Trafford in pursuit of the title.
Anything could happen between now and May, but if Arsenal miss the title but finish top four, this will be a top season...
Why? Because for the first time in a long time, the men in red and white BELIEVE they can mix it
with the best.
The past few seasons they have meandered along, normally around fourth or fifth before a herculean
like charge from March onwards for the Champions League space.
This year they bounced back from the apocalypse on day one against Aston Villa to be a surprise member of the top three.
Why? Ozil's arrival was huge, an organised and coached by Steve Bould back four and of course Rambo having a season to remember.
I adore Ozil, but for me if we are celebrating a league title or the FA Cup at the end of the season I shall congratulate Arsene on re-signing Mathieu Flamini.
Together with Arteta, the Frenchman has provided a barrier meaning Rambo, Wilshere, Ozil, Rosicky, Walcott can go and make incisions in the opponents defence.
More than that, he's given us something we have lacked since Gilberto Silva left, a ball winner who doesn't mind the odd yellow card....
Gooners, expect nothing, just get behind the team for the rest of the season, ignore the experts and who knows, we might have to have a party in May!

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