I just watched the short BBC Stiliyan Petrov video and it was a humbling experience: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30067565
Petrov has been through so much, and yet, his passion for football is a big part of what drives him on. He clearly has a great joie de vivre and sense of humour, and he should inspire us all to accept and appreciate what we have – to be gracious about it.
Reading comments by a number of fine, and not so fine, fellow Gooners on BK and other blogs, I reckon they should take a leaf out of Petrov’s book. Yes our team has been disappointing and Wenger can be criticised for a number of his decisions, but it really is not a big deal. The season is long and there will be many twists and turns, and good football to watch in the process. Yet, it sometimes feels that some believe the world is about to end…
For real football lovers, the calender year can be divided into three sections:
- Start of the season till end of last international break period: typified by ‘stop and start’ of the club football season;
- Mid November till March: Full on club football without any interruptions, with the conclusion of the CL group stages and a large number of PL games (and start of the FA cup rounds as well);
- The remainder of the club football season, once again interrupted by international football, and possibly followed by the Euros or WC for nations.
Finally, the last international break is over and we can now enter the best period of football for us club-football junkies.
I asked in the last post how we can get some excitement back at Arsenal and the responses, although not bad, have not inspired many of us. For some, it is all about going full out on attack and not worrying about our defending any more. They want Flamteta replaced by either the untested and exhausted Chambers (on his little ownie) or the defensively soft and partly out of form duo of RamShere. It could of course work a treat, but I don’t see these as the answers to making us stronger right now.
For me, there is always just the next game to get excited about. Formation and available players play a big part, and so are the instructions and decisions of the manager. But the beauty of the beautiful game is that there are always elements of luck, bad luck and unpredictability that will determine the outcome of the game: the ball is round as the Dutch like to call it. The past is a fact, but the future is uncertain and therefore (yet) exciting.
I reckon this is a good moment to do some predictions. For most of us the glass is currently half-empty rather than full, which should lead to more realistic/balanced predictions.
So hear are my questions:
- How many points will we get from all our PL games between now and 2 January 2015 (games to play are: MU (H), West Brom (A), Southampton (H), Stoke (A), Newcastle (H), Liverpool (A), QPR (H), West Ham (A), Southampton (A))?
- What will be our position in the PL come the second of January?
- What will be Arsenal’s top-three of goal scorers by the second of January (all PL games of this season)?
- What will be Arsenal’s top-three of assist producers by the second of January (all PL games of this season)?
- We have conceded 13 PL goals (only three teams conceded less this season): How many goals will we have conceded by the second of January (all PL games)?
- Who will be in Arsenal’s top-three of official PL Man of the Match awards by second of January (all PL games of the season)?
- Just for fun – everybody! is fit: what is your favourite eleven?
Written by: TotalArsenal.