A lot will happen this summer. Not sure that it’d be the best for the club though. by Konstantin
Hello, hello fellow Gooners! Excited about tomorrows game with Southampton? I am not too excited. We simply must win for a number of key reasons. Starting with the fact that we still have an illusionary chance of finishing in the top 4 if, and that’s a big if, West Ham get something out of Liverpool or City make the bottle of the season.
Now, I never thought I’d be such a West Ham fan for their final games of the campaign, but if they beat or draw Liverpool, adding to the fact they ended Spurs’ title hope, I’d be really happy. It’s not impossible, even though they are terrible. And that former player thing that just always come back to haunt you in England could certainly do us a favour if Carroll could get one over his former employers.
Having said all that, I think Liverpool will win and our games won’t matter and I do think Arsene will not make Liverpool sweat by bottling it anyway, but it still could still come to the last day of the season and as I said, Middlesbrough would be relegated by then and they are. But winning the remaining games is important, because we need to build some sort of confidence before playing Chelsea in the final of the cup.
If at the start of the season you offered me a top 4 spot and the FA cup, I’d take it. It’s the ceiling Arsene can achieve and the minimum of my expectations as an Arsenal fan. But the way the season has gone, people have opened their eyes, that real change starts with a certain Frenchman, who didn’t waste the chance to devalue the role of other people at the club.
“I am the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I am the manager of Arsenal football club, I will decide what happens on the technical front. That’s it.” Arsenes’ opinion on a possible director of football. That little “that’s it” at the end is so important. It highlights the fact that it’s all about power. Other people practically don’t matter. It’s all Wenger. Arsene FC 1996 – 2017 hopefully.
I’d like to use Southampton as an example of a club, where the manager isn’t everything. They sold key players, season after season yet somehow, they comfortably survive in the league. They got managers picked too and they are still okay. Why is that? I guess the model of the club works and it isn’t over reliant on any one person.
Over time Arsene’s records started to fall one by one. His record against Chelsea and United fell to a negative trend and now Tottenham is starting to sink too. He lost to lower league teams in the cup, he will finish beneath Tottenham this year and now the top 4. His last standing record is about to fall. Funny enough he did beat Mourinho, despite the fact Jose practically handed him this one, but funny if stats continue to fall, maybe he’ll finally win at Southampton and Stoke?
No, no, no, let’s be real. Football doesn’t work like this. Alexis and Ozil look like they care more about where they’ll be playing next year and we’ve left all the work for the summer. It’ll be an extremely important summer that’d end up in a disaster. We’ll leave it all to Arsene again and he’ll fail us again.
We’ll not spend enough to rebuild the squad and the Europa league is coming. But even if I assume that a miraculous fairy-tale ending comes and we get 4th and the cup, we need to stop papering over the cracks and look at the real issue. We’ve been hiding it far too long.
This summer will decide if we step into the future or we will continue heading backwards at a rapid pace.