Paul Scholes has never been backwards in coming forwards and saying what he thinks and when that something has been about Arsenal, it has usually been on the negative side of the spectrum. He has had a go at Wenger, Wilshere, Ozil and the general lack of characters at the club and that has just been in the last year.
But fair play to the former Man United and England star because he has also had the guts to admit when he was wrong as well, unlike other Arsenal critics I could mention, such as the great and wise Michael Owen and Adrian Durham. But we do not really expect Scholes to be on the side of the Gunners, so when he is I reckon then we must have done something right.
Scholes was part of the BTsport team that worked on the FA cup final and after seeing us win the most one sided Wembley final in years, Scholes was full of praise for the performance, especially the role of Francis Coquelin. And he went on to say that Arsenal were very close indeed to the Premier League champions and that he expected us to give Chelsea a proper run for their money next time.
Some might say that a 12 point gap between the clubs says different but that gap was only there because the injury crisis and the World Cup hangover meant we took ages to get going. In fact we were 11 points behind them in mid October after just eight games. Over the next 30 games we managed just one point less than Chelsea.
And if you want another reason to believe that Chelsea are not the gre4at team that some in the media would have you believe, look how they were knocked out of the Champions League with a poor performance at home against 10 men. So do not think that there is a big gap between Arsenal and Chelsea after all. For once I agree with Paul Scholes. How about you?