What do we want from this season? by KJ
This season has been a travesty after the start we had. We were on course to actually give a real go for the title challenge this season after impressive wins against Liverpool and Southampton before a vital away draw against champions, Man City. However, today we sit 18 points behind league leaders Man Utd and it would be utterly delusional to expect us to turn it around.
So now that the league was over, I was looking forward to getting some silverware by winning the Capital One Cup. But we managed to mess this up by losing to Bradford of all teams. 2 down now and only 2 left.
I don’t really have any expectation when it comes to the Champions League. We’ve never won the competition and don’t look close to doing it now. We’ve finished second in our group which is a considerably worse position than winning the group. I don’t subscribe to the theory of “it doesn’t matter whether you’re first or second in your group, you have to beat the best to win the CL”. This is a misconception in my opinion. You’re more likely to go through the last 16 facing weaker team than a stronger team regardless of how you put it.
After that, you have 3 more games until you win the most coveted trophy in European football. But in our case, we’ll have to face 4 difficult matches rather than 3. That one match could be the difference between winning or losing the trophy. Look at Chelsea’s run. It started with games against Napoli and Benfica. They wouldn’t have made it had they been forced to play the likes of Madrid earlier on (which they may have had to if they got second in their group).
Our only real hope of silverware this season lies with the FA Cup. It’s a nice trophy to have and is well respected in Arsenal’s long standing history being the second strongest club historically in the competition. It’d be nice to win it again and hopefully instil that winning mentality for future seasons.
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