Happy New Year everybody!
I know it certainly is for Arsenal supporters. It’s going to be a great year for Arsenal football club. I can feel it.
And by great, I don’t mean we’ll sweep up a host of trophies but I do mean we’ll win important silverware.
I’m a bit miffed by the fact many critics, fans of other clubs and Jose Mourinho aren’t giving The Gunners the respect we’ve earned and still considering just Chelsea and Man City the teams to beat.
For Pete’s sake we’ve been top of the league for most of the season and we’re more than half way through the 2013-14 season.
It irks me when critics say that Arsenal haven’t been the most succesful team in the league this term. We have garnered the most goals, conceded the fewest and are top.
What other measure of success is there? I am fully aware that there are still 18 games to go, but here and now, Arsenal are on top.
Someone on twitter said that Arsenal have just been lucky, but isn’t a litte bit of luck needed for any team to win silverware?
Strangely enough I don’t remember anyone calling Manchester United lucky when they won the league last season.
Just like Arsenal now, they were grinding out narrow wins and scoring winners even in injury time.
But a win is a win. With players getting more and more injuries, and Champions League knock-outs a few weeks away, I know it’s going to get tougher for Arsenal, but that’s the nature of top flight football. It’s not going to be easy but neither have the past five months been easy.
For the first time in nearly a decade the club is showing intent to win silverware. The transfer market is open and rumours of Dimitar Berbatov coming to Arsenal are rife.
That actually isn’t a bad move. He’s a great striker and isn’t cup tied, so he can also help us in the Champions League.
And he’s hungry to move to a bigger club. Olivier Giroud may be going through a slump and it’s unfortunate that Nicklas Bendtner is now injured, but with Berbatov, Theo Walcott in his current form and Lukas Podolski, we’re OK for a while.
It’s going to be a tense five months to May.
Supporting Arsenal football has never been for the faint hearted.
Let’s remain positive guys; we can do this!