What a final few months of the season!
What a group of players!
What a manager!
Ok, I will stop saying what now.
What a club! …. Stop it SA!
We showed remarkable fight in the 2011-2012 season to finish 3rd. However, the end of the season did not have the special feeling that I have right now. I would even confidently correct that to, “we have right now”. Certainly, the lack of uncertainty is a progress over the last two summers. Digressing, I would even say that it was an achievement to stay at the level we were and not go down considering the quality of the players we lost. In order to prevent any doomers from picking up on that, I would like to stress that it is neither my or the Club’s ultimate ambition. Credit should however be given to the club and manager for staying afloat. Now to swim.
We have what appears to be a close group and a functioning team with steely resolve. More importantly, the team has shown consistency in a pressure cooker situation. They are going to face this in every match next season if they are going to win the title, but I am confident they can handle it. I also hope they are able to enjoy themselves. Arsenal are a sight to behold and quite lethal when they do that. I am sure Wenger will make that happen. That man thinks it is an obligation to entertain us!
Regarding summer buys, like others on Positively Arsenal, I am not sending a wish list to Wenger. He is not Santa. If Santa was real, I would wish that Wenger was my father-in-law. I would have such intelligent conversations with him all the time. Mind you, Santa might say that granting me wishes is not his department and pass me onto south pole. Bloody bureaucracy! Back from my second digression, Wenger will be the best judge of the players who could potentially improve the team further. Whoever he buys though, will bring excitement, his skills will be analysed and he will be a part of personal teams of commentors here. Looking forward to that.
Looking back at the season, it took a costly turn in the middle. For some reason, the players did not believe in themselves. I think it started with the visit to Manchester United (For those of you who do not know what Manchester United is, I am talking about manure) where we played with fear. In many of the matches after that, we were apprehensive, maybe too afraid to lose. We tried valiantly in the second half, but it was too late. Sadly, when the team needed the support of the supporters most, Arsenal fans let them down. It was a sickening sight watching moaners reveling when fence sitters joined them. However, sometimes out of something bad, something good comes up. Thus was born the beacon of light amongst Arsenal supporters, Positively Arsenal. Thank you guys.
The team identified problems and with the collective desire to man up and win at Bavaria and each of the 10 cup finals, we improved drastically. A few hours before the start of the Bayern match, I had posted a comment here addressed to the team asking them to fight and play so well that Bayern will be scared to face us next time around. The team did just that. I hope we get to play Bayern in next season’s Champions League. P.S. I am in no way claiming my comment spurred the team.
This season, we narrowly missed out on seeing my dream midfield of Arteta, Diaby & Rosicky in action over a stretch of games. Add Arshavin to the front left and…. *wipe drool off the chin*. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see that next season, minus Arshavin (Goodbye little genius).
Cazorla and Rosicky have quickly developed a good understanding. During one of the 10 cup finals, Rosicky poked the ball a little ahead and peeled away. I only saw an opposing player on the screen and was scratching my head when Cazorla nipped into the screen and played a one touch pass (I think back to a forward running Rosicky).
In my opinion, great footballers should think creatively of solutions and use physics consciously too. Gervinho has showed glimpses of that. In one of the matches last season, when Arsenal counter attacked, the ball was passed to Gervinho at pace and it also bounced. At one particular instant, the trajectory of the ball was such that it would be air borne when it passed the defender in a few fractions of a second. So the defender lifted his leg up anticipating this. Gervinho kicked down on the ball and it bounced under the defenders feet. A second later, the ball was at Gervinho’s feet, a yard ahead of the defender. Gervinho is in the hands of the best man who can improve him. It is upto him to ignore the “supporters” and step up.
Ramsey was a revelation to some, wasnt he? To us, he just got back to what he is capable of. Kudos to those who recognised why he was played on the wing. Even Ramsey (atleast publicly) doesnt seem to realise why he was played there. Maybe he will when he gets to Arteta’s age and maturity. When Ramsey started playing in midfield, I noticed him on the right wing a few times in every match either supplementing attack or covering Sagna.
Regarding other players, Fabianski and Szczesny have created a healthy competition for the goal keeping spot. I hope Fabiannksi stays over for next season. When Koscielny goes for the ball, Koscielny gets the ball, no matter where the ball is. Opposing team strikers better learn to accept this fact. Mertesacker showed that you can look like you are going to fall over when you run, have a big smile on your face and still be calm and steal the ball from the likes of Augero. Deadly should be the word used to describe Waclott this season. Podolski showed why he plays for Germany and Giroud has the graceful movement of a striker in his prime.
The prospect of this team improved in understanding and cohesion next season is mouth watering. I would have preferred FA Fergurson to have stayed. They are already saying that the changes at other clubs gives us an opportunity. As though we can only strike when the others are weak! Bullshit!!
The rivals are going to blow us out of the water in terms of spending and try to win the title before the first whistle is blown. Does not matter. I am looking forward to seeing a silky and determined Arsenal next season
By Sensational Arsenal