I do for sure…..
Over the last few seasons knowing we would be taking part in the following seasons Champions League was all that mattered by the time March/April came around. When we came fourth I used to convince myself that it was ok, knowing our season would kick off earlier with the Champions League qualifiers and along the way see all our new signings make their debuts. Exciting times I thought..
I knew I was kidding myself, we should be qualifying as Premier League Champions, not also rans! Signings were almost non existant and I dreaded us getting a tricky tie.
This season though is very different, none of us want to see an early start for our side do we and this is not because of the World Cup in South Africa, its because we would have finished our current season with a loss, a loss at home which would stick in all of our throats the whole summer. Even more important than that though it would also mean the team finishing third would be our most bitter rivals. Could you imagine ‘The Lasagne’ kind of kind of comments being thrown back at us!
Life would be hard, especially if you have friends/relatives who support that team down the road…
Finishing third cannot happen – can it?
I don’t think it will happen, we only need a point, but I see us getting all three and securing our third place, not with ease but with a convincing scoreline by the end. That’s not being cocky or arrogant, that just believing that Roy Hodgson (my manager of the season) will rest a few players as Fulham have a far more important game around the corner, already Duff and Zamora have been ruled out, I think we can expect a few more of their big players to miss out too.
What a sad state of affairs though, we have so many players out, confidence must be low after the last few games and here I am writing about hope that Fulham don’t field their best eleven. Not something usually associated with a home fixture against a mid-table club who sit over twenty points behind us….
On a brighter note, well done to the Bouldy Boys, they beat Manure yesterday 5-3, on penalties to reach the Academy League Play-Off Final. James Shea was the hero after saving two of the Mancs spot kicks and we converted all of ours!
Arsenal’s victory sets up an Emirates Stadium Final against either Leicester City or Nottingham Forest on the 11th May, hope its televised.
Couple of sippets from the paps –
Arsenal have had their end-of-season bash in aid of Great Ormond Street children’s hospital at their Emirates ground, Cesc outbid team-mates for a night with actor Orlando Bloom, before anyone panicks, the night out was for his sister Carlotta – who he claims is the actor’s biggest fan.
In the same paper, Arsene Wenger is going to try and get SWP for 5M from Citeh!!
May the silly rumours begin as our season draws to a close…..