3 ½ Years Ago…

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A Happy New Year to you all!

Some serious resolutions need to have been made to make our footballing New Year more profitable, I must say.

I made the foolish error of videoing yesterday’s game (yes, I do still own a video – I know, I know, it’s hilarious), then introducing a media blackout until I was able to watch it at 3pm. Suffice to say, it was time poorly spent.

Let’s be frank, it was a dreadful affair, and whether the team had one eye on Tuesday or not is utterly irrelevant. If you can’t create more than three shots on goal, and you are out-cornered by an embarrassing quota, it’s hardly going to foster confidence for the arrival of a form side for a grudge match. I went into the Chelski match fearing the worst, and I’ve got the same sensation when I think of Tuesday. It’s not pessimism, it’s realism – the last time we beat a ‘top three’ side was Sunday May 8th last year, when we beat Liverpool, and the last time we beat our Northern Chums (in the league) was also a May 8th – way back in 2002, when Wiltord famously won us the league in their own patch.

That’s right, we’ve not beaten them in the league for three-and-a-half years.

Wenger is making all the right noises to steady the ship (“I feel comfortable because the team is growing, improving and taking off… I still have three or four weeks to assess that… We are not in a desperate need…”), but he must know we need strengthening, and badly, and it needs to happen now.

It doesn’t matter whether they are cup-tied for the Champions League really, because we’re probably not going to win it – but it is key to get back into the Champions League, both to attract new players next season, to keep the ones we have, and to give us the extra £10m we need to strengthen the squad/pay back Ashburton.

So while Real Madrid is going to be a cracker, winning it is not the Be All and the End All.

Coming fourth is, and if you look at it that way, it’s all a bit twisted.

(PS – Had to happen, didn’t it – The Sunday People is running a story saying we want to re-sign Patrick Vieira. I’m told by serious sources that Liam Brady and Tony Adams are coming out of retirement too, oh yes).


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