Hello lovely positives.
Another week of basking in the reflected glory of an exhilarating display from Arteta’s young guns. And enjoy it we should, the last 5 year seem to have been one disappointment after another. It’s not been a lot of fun, the odd little peak and some horrible troughs for a club of our stature.
Many on this site, not least of all yours truly, have been very critical of the direction the club was taking and Arteta has taken some severe stick. “The Process” has been questioned and mocked, the PR openly laughed at and the sails were set against Arteta. I don’t think any of the criticism was unfounded and I believe some very bad decisions were made. HOWEVER, it appears the ship has been well and truly turned around. Of course it’s early days, but fair is fair, we didn’t see this coming and we should be big enough to accept, despite the trips ups along the way, that Arteta has produced an exciting team that has the potential to improve a lot more. We must not become so fixed in our thinking that it stops us acknowledging improvement and enjoying the upturn. I personally don’t like Arteta, but I don’t have to like him for me to want him to succeed and get fully behind the team.
We’ve played 3 games, and although I wasn’t much impressed with the performance at Palace, the last two games have been a joy to watch. I don’t know about you but I’m going to enjoy the ride for however long it lasts.
Anyway, here is our latest podcast where we analyse the last game and look at what we can reasonably expect.