Hello fellow Gooners! What do you think of Tottenham? Just joking, I hope the media don’t rape me because I asked you in public. Can you believe how much fuzz is coming out of this Jack Wilshere chant? I mean the smoked cigars were bad but this is pure entertainment.
A few Tottenham managers came and said they are bigger than Arsenal and nobody makes a joke of them when we finish above them every year. I like it when the players are also fans of the clubs. That makes you think they will give that 10% extra rather than just play for their paychecks which are already huge.
Now that the dust is settling down and the waters are becoming clearer we need take out the magnifying glass and Sherlock our way into the players that will cut the gap to the top. Twelve points equal four wins and a draw to turn them over and the final league table shows we’ve lost 7, they’ve lost 3 – so there they are those damn 12 points.
We lost quite a few points by shooting ourselves in the foot this season. We dominated a few games like Man United, Hull City and Swansea, all at home! Simple mistakes cost us 8 points which is more than half of the distance. Throw in Szczesny v Southampton and they become 11.
Winning the title is about consistency. Avalanches start small but they can inflict massive damage at the end. A grand finale to a poor show at the start almost made us title challengers. If we can maintain the focus we had in the FA cup final throughout the season we’ll be in the mix. Water destroys a rock with persistence not power. We need to balance it out.
We’re a bit like a super hero, our biggest strength is our biggest weakness too. We go for the spectacular, the flair, the talent. You could describe Arsenal and Chelsea as Beauty and the east, if you throw out the love story of course!
We have to shelter ourselves a little bit more. Make ourselves difficult to beat. Teams come to the Emirates knowing that they’ll either be outclassed or they’ll have a sniff at the game. Fear factor is what helped average Man Utd. squads beat the opposition on a day where they don’t play well. The Arsenal of 10 years ago was the same.
That’s why I would welcome another great striker signing. Defenders hate playing Sanchez and they’ll have even more trouble if we add a Cavani/Jackson Martinez or a “you name him”, monster striker. We’ll have them mentally beaten before the game starts! Still, we need to cut the simple errors and that alone would drastically improve us.
Come on Arsene, make us happy this summer.