Despite the ulcers that Arsenal football club is giving me, I am pretty pleased with the way the season has turned out so far. Yes we are leaving it very late to win some games, and having too many nervous moments in the last ten minutes of others, but I guess that tension is part of the deal of being a Gunners fan. I am also nervous about the fact that manager Arsene Wenger is buying too much time before he signs a striker and yet with Theo Walcott joining the host of injured players, there is no doubt we need a striker – even on loan.
Remember in 2006 when Sir Alex Ferguson bought Henrik Larsson for about three months to just finish the league with; I really wish Wenger could do something like that considering Walcott will be back for next season. So all these Wenger antics drive me nuts. But I’m happy to note that Arsenal players are thinking positively.
Their minds are in the right place. Earlier this week Wenger said we have what it takes to stay on top until the final whistle and Per Mertesacker has come out to say it’s important other teams see that Arsenal can respond to anything. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has called for focus while Jack Wilshere says we’re a much calmer side now. He says the boys show maturity when times are tough and that is what is keeping the Gunners on top.
While I usually wouldn’t want the players to talk too much as they should focus on talking on the pitch, for a change it’s all positivity coming out of Arsenal. I think we can all agree that Arsenal are the most skilled team in the league this season, but the fact we are on top shows how much mental strength is putting us at an advantage.
In past seasons it was evident that too many of the players were young and inexperienced. Arsenal could rarely come back from a goal down, let alone hang in there when the pressure was high in the last couple of minutes like in Monday’s game at Villa Park.
Right now Arsenal look like they can come back from two goals down to win, and it’s all in their attitude. While Wenger needs to sign before the month ends, at least our attitude is right as we enter arguably our toughest test-month in nine years!
Briefly onto another subject that’s disturbing me; the fact that this year there will be no match, previously dubbed the “Super Cup” between the winner of the Kenyan Premier League; in this case Gor Mahia; and the winner of the FKF Cup; in this case AFC Leopards. Reason being this year we don’t have a sponsor.
It’s like English football deciding one year not to have the Community Shield because there is no sponsor. Is that even allowed? And yet we had a match between the League winner and the Top 8 winner in December when players were clearly exhausted from the just ended Cecafa Tournament. Talk to me on @CarolRadull on twitter or www.facebook.com/CarolRadull