Yesterday I delved into the assortment of blogs out there to gauge reaction. Where there is often furiously divided opinion, instead, I saw an almost unanimous agreement with one thing; Arsene Wenger is treading on some seriously thin ice.
Curiously, a great number of folks seem happily resigned to missing out on the Champions League and making do with the Europa League; all of a sudden, a competition as frequently derided as the latter is an appealing option as it would “offer something different”. Bollocks. I can’t imagine anyone really believes that and it’s comfortably one of the most hypocritical things I’ve heard in a while. The same people have mocked other clubs for their participation, I’ll wager.
4th place is important. It’s not as essential as it’s been made out, but I’d rather be competing in the primary European cup than its lesser alternative. This season has been a monumental failure so far, getting 4th won’t paper over the enormous cracks, but it would at least be an accomplishment – before you say anything, I know it’s not a trophy, it doesn’t require an open bus tour of the city, there’s no euphoric moment of celebration… blah blah blah.
So, the bumper ‘war chest’ of the title… According to a few reports, the summer could witness huge changes at The Emirates. Whilst I try not to concern myself with speculative stories and such, I do believe that it’s an interesting notion. The period before the beginning of 2012/2013 is certain to be eventful, and I would assume that will involves considerable arrivals and departures. With Wenger’s tenure at the club under considerable threat, he has to open the dusty ol’ chequebook and recruit a few players. A attack-minded and creative midfielder and a second striker are essential. Others around us have strengthened their squads as ours has diminished, and that brings me nicely to the final, and most controversial part of today’s blog: Spurs.
As it stands, they have a better team than us. Hard as it might be to accept, it is true. For the first time in decades, I’m not sure we can beat them this coming Sunday….
You can’t imagine how irksome writing that was. It’s just so fucking annoying to admit – annoying like ‘Dancing on Ice’, Nazis, Channing Tatum and those websites on Arsenal News that constantly post top 10 lists of useless nonsense. All are things in life we shouldn’t have to endure.
We shouldn’t be in a position like this. Financial prudence is an honourable pursuit, but also an entirely stupid one when you sacrifice a competitive team. Spurs haven’t blown wild sums of money, but they’ve succeeded in acquiring good players like van der Vaart and now appear favourites to bag Eden Hazard. They didn’t begin the season with a bare-minimum squad and wait until the last available moment to recruit. For the first time in decades, they’ll finish above us in the league, and they deserve to.
And that’s the worst element to our debacle of a season. Even with the obvious nature of our problems, we’ve failed to act and we now pay the penalty. We all want what is best for the club, and that may be a future without certain board members unwillingly to do what is necessary and a manager unwilling to change with the times.
Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Tomorrow, I’ll be looking at the tactical element of our recent faltering and the formation we use. Until then, drop a comment in the box and follow me on Twitter – @_ArmchairGooner.