Afternoon, boys ‘n’ girls.
I’m tired. Not a little pooped or weary, but the kind of tired that unleashes delirium and causes me to laugh senselessly at just about anything. I’ve had quite the busy weekend. This post will probably make little or no sense. At present, I’m chuckling to myself. Not entirely sure what about.
Where do we go from here? Tough question. Out there in Goonerland is a huge amount of negativity, unrest and temper tantrums. Some of you are calling for Arsene Wenger to be publicly flayed and shot, others have their blinkers on, eager to muster up whatever excuses they can.
I believe we will make signings. I believe they might not be especially well planned acquisitions, and unlikely to be the kind of huge marquee arrival we’re all hoping for. Arsene Wenger is like one of those dithery old ladies you encounter in Tesco; happy to spend 45 minutes perusing the biscuit section, only to be forced to frantically fill the shopping basket once the PA system announces the shop closes in 10 minutes.
It still baffles me why we didn’t set set out to conduct our business in the early months of pre-season. Others managed to do so with minimal fuss. Excuses regarding the difficulty and availability of players strike me as weak attempts to placate those of us who questions the Club’s actions. It baffles me, but it’s entirely irrelevant.
What’s important is the now. We can all harp-on about what could, or should, have been done as much as we like. It changes nothing. My focus is on what will be done going forward. Champions League qualification is very far from assured, and perhaps our ability to recruit still hangs by that delicate thread. Defeat in Turkey could have more than just financial implications.
As fans, our paramount concern should be to get behind the players. Our current group might be small, but they have talent and there’s some fighters amongst them. They need us. It’s far from their fault the situation they find themselves in. Jeers and songs of displeasure, regardless of how warranted, won’t help during the 90 minutes of game time.
Suppoeter groups and open-ended letters to the board are all well and good. I’ve never been one for that kind of thing, personally. No set of initials represent my views, I do. That’s not meant to disparage those groups at all. Some of them I agree with whole-heartedly, others strike me as pompous and run by self-important cretins who just like to hear themselves speak. My advice to everyone reading would be to make up your own minds, and remember that these groups only represent you if you choose them to.
Moving forward, I hope to see change of some variety. Arsenal have had an appalling start and it was absolutely avoidable. Few can dispute Wenger has made mistakes, but his ability to rectify what has occurred is what counts now. He still can turn the tide, but his days may well be numbered if he chooses to offer up more excuses.
As per usual, all we can do is wait and see.
That’s all for today folks. I’m now going to have a nap. Yes – I do feel like an elderly man stating such things, but my eyes are so heavy at this point, I don’t particularly care. I’ll head to the comments to read a few of your thoughts once I’ve woken up.
As always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.