The season has commenced, and, after a most disappointing opening game, we collected seven out of nine points from two challenging away games and a not easy home game. But the Hammers’ blow still hurts, with the only satisfaction that they did the same damage to Pool, banging three past them at one of the hardest away games of the league. Winning the league depends for a large part on our ability to bounce back. I remember Arsenal beating Manchester United home and away in the same season, yet it was them not us who won the league and we did not even get close. Old Red Nose no doubt told his players back then to take it on the chin and move on: consistency requires no regretful looks into the back mirror, and doubt about ability is for summer breaks when there is time to make adjustments.
Broad shoulders that can shrug off disappointment within a day after a painful loss, is what is required here. So, beating Palace and Newcastle in their cauldrons is something to be glad about, even though we were far from our best in those games. The way we can stay together and grind out a result is surely encouraging for the season ahead.
One of our regular bloggers commented recently that he believes Arsenal will be about seventh at Christmas, only to making it into the top four by the end of the season. I can well imagine why he thinks this. We tend to do our seasons just like that, and we did not buy anybody else then Cech, so why would it be different this time round?
But I also feel that we are a lot more balanced and mature nowadays. We did not sell any of our key players this summer and that is a good basis for continuity imho. I am also encouraged by the fact that we beat all our main competitors at least once in the last twelve months. Furthermore, I reckon that as soon as our attackers start hitting form we will witness again why so many pundits had us winning the title or getting very close this season. There is a lot of quality in this squad, supported by hunger, experience and ability to grow from within (as per previous post by me, a lot of our players are in line for further progression).
So, I feel confident that we will fight for the title this season and I reckon we will be second or third at New Year’s Day within 3-6 points of the leaders; we might even be the leaders ourselves. But that is just me, TotalRoseTintedArsenal 🙂
What I am interested in is how our fine fellow Gooners and BKers – and feel free to make your first comment on Bergkampesque if you are a regular lurker … we won’t bite! 🙂 – believe our season will pan out.
So here are three questions for you – just for a bit of fun!
- What position in the PL table will Arsenal have on 1-1-2016?
- What are the main reasons for Arsenal being in this position?
- Are you a brown-tinted, yellow-tinted or rose-tinted kind a person – and what is your life motto? 🙂