This will sound a very odd question, but how successful do you want Ársenal to be? There are millions of supporters in every corner of the globe all craving glory. Every Arsenal supporter would like our team to win everything in sight, and it would be fantastic to see it. It would be tremendous if we did it again the following season and a fantastic achievement. However, if we would do it for a third season, would it become a little boring? During the majority of my life Rangers and Celtic won nearly every competition domestically and, frankly, it became very dull. More power to Motherwell, Stenhousemuir etc.
In my view, in order to get great pleasure out of winning, you need to lose a few along the way. Now this may sound like blasphemy to most Gooners, but I think many will agree with me. Take the night Michael Thomas scored the title winning goal at Anfield. Without doubt, one of the greatest moments in my life. Incidentally, for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the film Fever Pitch follows an Arsenal supporter during the run in to that glorious season. I can tell you from experience that the character played by Colin Firth could well have been me. Now, if we won the league every season it would certainly diminish the magic… Well for me anyway.
I guess where I am going with this, is that football is nowadays determined by money. I would be very surprised if the top four next season does not consist of Ársenal, Chelsea, United and City (hopefully in that order). This, I am sure, represents the four richest teams in the country. I would also be surprised if the second tier didn’t include Spurs, Liverpool and Everton. The bottom four will no doubt include at least two of the promoted sides. In short, it has become very predictable.
Now whilst it’s great that my beloved team are in the top tier, I for one would really like to see a fringe club (excluding Spurs of course), such as Everton, win something.
Of course, in order to be successful in Europe, it’s imperative that the current situation is maintained, as no one out of the current top four would have a snowball’s chance in hell ( even if they could qualify).
So I find myself in somewhat of a quandary. Of course I want Ársenal to win everything, but at the same time would welcome changes to make the domestic game more open. Under the current scenario, short of mega rich owners buying a team and pumping in many millions, nothing much will change.
Having said all this, it does make you realise what a fantastic job Wenger and the Arsenal management have done in maintaining that top four status for so long. During that time we have moved to a fantastic stadium, and, in the main, played very attractive football. When you consider the sums of money that other sides have squandered trying to break into the elite, it makes it all the more impressive.
So, in summary, lots of success to our team, but I would certainly welcome measures to even up the playing field domestically.