This season feels like it’s flown by. Rummaging around upstairs in my brain I can’t think of another example from the past in which the period from August to May has elapsed so quickly.
A great deal has happened in that period. When I get around to writing the obligatory season review in greater depth I’ll discuss the significant points and the not-so pertinent. In the meantime I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the progression the team has made.
Some will disagree we’ve made any progression at all. They’ll disagree vehemently and with no small measure of vitriol and spewy dross. Such is the nature of the online community we frequent. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. The beauty of writing about sport is the plethora of varied thoughts and perceptions. I respect anyone’s right to say whatever the fu*k they feel is truthful. I simply disagree with the manner in which some go about it.
Personally I prefer to glean the positives and cast the rest aside. Doubtless to say; things aren’t perfect and there is room for improvement. However, finishing 3rd is a step up from last year and if we manage to retain the FA Cup the season can be looked upon as a success.
There’s many positives to take. We’ve taken great strides toward ending our much-fabled ‘top 4 hoodoo’ with victories at both Manchester clubs and a comprehensive demolition of Liverpool I was fortunate enough to witness live with @JokmanAFC.
Francis Coquelin has triumphantly emerged from the doldrums to seemingly end our troubles in defensive midfield. Since his return in January, The Coq has excelled and we look a much stronger unit with him patrolling centrally. Unlike some previous incumbents of the position, he successfully couples natural enthusiasm with the ability to tackle. We’ve needed someone to do that for quite a while.
We have a very strong first team squad with all options available. Granted, that is something that will probably not last a great deal of time, but the strength in depth is certainly there. When coupled with a new medical regime under Shad Forsythe and we can go into the coming campaign with hope for better luck when it comes to crunch time.
Being something of a big Twitter user myself, I was intrigued when I was sent some information about the 2014/2015 season by some acquaintances of mine along with some other excellent deals.
Below is a graphic showing which players were most tweeted about over the course of the season.
It’s as you’d expect. Arsenal are represented by Ozil and Sanchez with the latter attracting lots of praise and the former having to endure monumental amounts of abuse for no particular reason. Such is the nature of folk on Twitter…
Think I’ll just finish it up here and let you all digest the above how you see fit. It may now be a touch late, but here’s a picture of next season’s new home shirt
I’ll be back in the morning. Until then, and as always; thanks for reading you beautiful bastards.