What an English Premier League season this has been
So the “Greatest Show on Earth” has come to an end; at least until August. And what an English Premier League season it has been. Infact it’s impossible to write an article that can top the final day; minutes and seconds of the 2011-2012 season. The pain and the joy that was felt across the world as the clock hit 90 and Manchester United fans sat around the field waiting to know whether they would begin jumping up and down or sneak back into the dressing room, heads bowed – as they eventually did. I almost felt sorry for them.
I mean I wanted Man City to win but nicely, not with such a blow. They should have been leading like 2-0 at half time and then crowned it off with a 4- 0 victory by 85 minutes. That way, United fans could have prepared themselves for the unavoidable and stopped themselves from ordering rounds of drinks for their friends as the clock struck 90; and sending evil tweets and facebook messages. I felt sad for them for about a full minute after City scored their third goal.
Then there was the Arsenal fiasco where deep down I saw us making another mess of a game that really should have been rather easy. When the score-line was 2-1 to West Brom, I had a sinking feeling that things were not going to be great! Spurs were looking good and even though I’m confident that Bayern Munich will win the Champions league, fourth place was not a position to be comfortable with.
And for once I don’t want Arsenal’s Champions League season to begin in early August. But we did it! The sad news though is that talks with Robin Van Persie are not going well at all. Its believed that he’s rejected the £130,000 (Sh17.4m) on offer and it’s annoying because I know Arsenal can pay more. I have a feeling the talks also involve buying other big players to show The Gunners are serious about winning big silverware. RVP deserves to win big and seeing Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy lift that EPL trophy, must have stung!
On another sad note; Nine Arsenal players are likely to be in action for their national teams during Euro 2012. Yes it’s nice to note that our players are big enough to play for their countries, but I foresee injuries and fatigue affecting us at the start of the season. I do not want to start another season slowly because you eventually pay for it miserably towards the end of the campaign.
The gap between Arsenal and Manchester United – 19 points – was not good. Infact it reminded me of the Spanish La Liga where Barcelona and Real Madrid are head and shoulders above the rest. Talking about La Liga, the shock of the week was seeing Villarreal, a team that was playing Champions League football just two years ago, being relegated. And speaking of relegation, sadly Dennis Oliech has been relegated again in France.
Last time it was Nantes, this time with Auxerre. But being the clubs top scorer and having had an impressive season on a personal level, I’m sure he’ll find a club in a decent league. I wish him the best. All in all, it’s been a great 2011 – 2012 season and I look forward to Arsenal winning trophies next term. Stop laughing!
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