Although Arsenal may have just finished another season with, what us fans would class as, an early exit from the Champions League and a gap to the Premier League champions that was too big to reasonably claim that we were close to the title, the Arsenal and England international with rockets in his boots, Theo Walcott, reckons that the Gunners are getting back to the good old days.
Not long before Walcott joined the club from Southampton back in 2006, Arsene Wenger had assembled arguably the strongest side ever to wear the famous red and white shirts. Our 10 men had just missed out to Barcelona in the UCL final and a couple of years before they had achieved what everyone thought was impossible, an entire season unbeaten.
But that team with the likes of Henry, Vieira, Adams and all was breaking up. That, along with the expensive move to a new stadium and the emergence of the sugar daddies of Chelsea and Man City left the boss struggling to compete. It also left the fans and players with no trophy to celebrate for nine long years.
But now we have had two in a row and are signing some top class players again, leading Theo to believe that there is a lot more to come in the near future.
He told Arsenal Player, “Highbury was a fantastic arena – it was so passionate and everyone was together. We’ve been at the Emirates for nine years and that’s starting to be like a big fortress and starting to feel like Highbury was.
“There’s been a lot of special moments there. The amount of money that has come in to the club now and the players we’ve spent it on is the difference to what it was years and years ago.
“The fact that we always qualify for the Champions League has never changed and that’s great. But it’s been a long time coming. It’s a massive club – it always will be a big club and I think it’s getting bigger and bigger.
“The club is going to move on from where it was. We had some fantastic years just before I came here and I think we are going to start to get those back, definitely.”
Do you agree Gooners?