Arsenal fans should give a great big thankyou to Roman Abramovich. Nothing that happens this year will do the Gunners as many favours as the crazy billionaire Russian has done us this week. It is common knowledge that Abramovich was desperate to get his hands on the Champions league trophy, and the man who finally did what a host of other very well paid and expensive managers failed to do has been rewarded with the sack.
Arsene Wenger said this week that he was sad about what had happened, but he must also be delighted at the opportunity that Chelski have now presented to Arsenal. Basically, we have one less team to worry about. Chelsea will now drop quicker than Audley Harrison in a title fight. Rafa Benitez may have a decent record in the Premier league, but he wants things done his own way.
Maybe, just maybe, given three years, Rafa would produce a Chelsea team that was to his liking and could seriously challenge for honours. What is going to happen is that Rafa will go in all guns blazing and upset almost all the players. Abramovich is obsessed with Fernando Torres and that is why he has brought in Benitez. Ask any Chelsea fan and they will tell you that the best thing to do would be to get rid of the Spanish striker, cut your losses and admit that it was a huge failure, but Abramovich is doing another Shevchenko, trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole.
As Arsenal fans, we can only look on and laugh. Maybe we are too committed to the Arsene Wenger philosophy, but it must be better than seeing a new man in charge every year. Why will the players even listen to Benitez when they know that somebody else will be in charge next season? Plus, the fact that many of the players had a good relationship with Di Matteo and the feeling that the player who is responsible for his sacking is much more important to the club than anyone else will surely not go down too well.
So, for Arsenal, we are just looking at Manchester United and City as the teams to beat. Champions League, here we come. Hopefully, Leeds will beat Chelsea in the Capital One cup, or we will get the pleasure of doing it ourselves. A trophy would be nice, even the least important one, and Mr. Abramovich has just made it alot easier for us. The only down side to the whole affair is that Tottenham might come fourth and get in the Champions League, but we can’t have everything I suppose.
Let’s all laugh at Chelsea, let’s all laugh at Chelsea na na na na