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I picked my weekend away well: While Arsenal were being comprehensively dismantled for the second time in a week, I was in Belgium eating chips and drinking beer.

Thanks to the hotel’s free wifi, I did delve once or twice online and peered round the Twitter door, but it wasn’t a pleasant sight so I withdrew.

I think it’s fair to say that the post-season analysis has kicked in early. Everyone’s leaping in with their views, from former Arsenal legends like Ray Parlour (on Sky Sports this evening) and Lee Dixon, to Wenger himself.

And of course pretty much everyone else across the web too, which is as it should be.

I can’t think of anything to add that hasn’t already been thrown into the close season mix: Lack of strength/experience/cunning/leaders, squad size, clearing out of deadwood, formations, playing players out of position, shambolic defending, proper holding midfielder, injuries (and how to avoid them) – all this stuff will bubble along over the next three months.

I feel a bit detached from things, if I’m honest – I think I have done for much of the season – for the simple fact that we have at no point challenged in the league. There was mild excitement when we were forced to chase fourth, but we were off the pace from the off and as well as being a crying shame, and it feeling wrong, it means we’ve been getting ready for next season sooner than we might have thought.


Arsenal since about 1979. Thick, thin and all that.