What is the statute of limitations regarding track records?
We last won a trophy in 2005 when, by a minor miracle, and aided by some benevolent woodwork we managed to keep Man U at bay for 120 minutes. The magic boot of Paddy scored the deciding penalty in the shoot-out to win us the FA cup for the 10th time.
Since then…. nothing…nowt….zilch…numero zero…..except the finest training facilities and the best club stadium in the country!
The stadium and all its ongoing complex financial ramifications is the justification most commonly proffered to explain our lack of success in recent years. We can, and have, argued long and hard as to whether the money was/is available to buy new players. Our squad of players has cost a fraction of that of the rest of the ‘Big Four’.
My belief in Arsene Wenger has been seriously challenged since the end of last season. I love the man for what he has done. I am proud that he’s our manager. I am proud that he is a visionary and has put our club at the forefront of modern football thinking.
BUT…….. his tactics, team selection and player positioning have left me baffled all season. Did we really have such riches in depth previously that these apparent flaws in his make-up never surfaced, or is this a new facet of his personality that is borne of his obsessional mission to make the ‘youth experiment’ work. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve groaned in disbelief when hearing the team announced just before a game.
Wengerball is a wonderful thing to behold – admired the world over, but when it doesn’t work because the side isn’t balanced, we are just ordinary, and for us spoilt gooners, ordinary isn’t good enough!
No-one has the right to question our overwhelming collective desire as fans to see Arsenal succeed. We do have the right to ask questions when things go wrong…….but now is not the time. I don’t even want to contemplate us failing to reach the CL final……so I have to join the optimists and support our boys with every fibre of my being ………….and it’s ARSENAL….ARSENAL FC…we’re by far……