The international break feels like it should soon be ending but we’re far from halfway through. It’s never a good sign when it feels like it is dragging after a couple of days.
Still, fortunately, there are things like this to restore your faith in humanity:
If the cockles of your heart aren’t warmed by that, then more fool you.
On Arsenal matters, things are pretty thin on the ground. A couple of fixture changes help with the chase for the top four and the Europa League semi-final if we get that far. Crystal Palace’s visit to the Emirates is now 21st April at
All of which feeds into the last post a few days back.
Looking at future results is a peculiar science. Despite all the evidence to the contrary during the previous seasons, the ‘belief’ – arrogance – of supporting a club of the larger variety never quite dissipates. Everton, for example, won well against Chelsea but I still think we’ll win.
Of course, there is some truth in Everton’s form. A point against Liverpool, the win over Chelsea; they followed defeats against Tottenham, Leicester, Wolves and Manchester City in the previous five games. So, it’s not quite as bad an away trip as it seems.
Until you look at our away form which, no matter how you cut it, is poor. The illogical now becomes logical because the same dismissiveness of Everton’s form doesn’t apply. But it should because a win at Huddersfield and the Wembley performance is a sign of a turnaround while the Toffees is a blip of good fortune.
It’s Only A Transition Season…Imagine
You can apply the same logic to the trips to Wolves and Leicester. There’s genuinely no real reason for believing we’ll win other than we are the Arsenal. That and at the moment, there is a spark of belief in the side, that when their backs are against the wall, they deliver.
And the one thing which isn’t contemplated, never crosses your mind is finishing fourth and still ending up in the Europa League. This is the karma for the schadenfreude of Tottenham finishing fifth with their first full season in the new home hosting UEFA’s lesser competition.
You can’t quite relax but this is, for me at least, a good pressure. An excitement just thinking about it. Instead of looking round, wondering if seventh can catch us, there is more than one happy ending here. There’s more than one relatively unhappy ending as well but even that caveats with “it’s only a transition season”.
Therein is the answer. It’s a transition season, imagine what we can achieve next year when Emery knows the English game and the team continue to respond to his ideas.
Not all the team will be here, of course. The Denis Suarez who arrived on loan is not the one Unai Emery signed; we know that, so to the club and the player judging by reports. A unanimity formed: we won’t be exercising the €20m fee proposed and well played those who negotiated us out of having to buy the Spaniard. At present, it’s hard to make a case for the midfielder at one-tenth of that price, let alone the full deal.
Matches come thick and fast over the next few days so here’s to everyone coming through unscathed.