Eight Reasons why Arsenal will win the
2015-2016 league title….
IF Lady Luck is kind to us! 😉
Are you an optimist or pessimist, a realist or dreamer, a thinker or a doer, a classic or a romantic (according to Persig’s categorisation in his brilliant ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’), a X-arm-chair manager or an Y-arm-chair manager (according to McGregor’s ‘X-Y theory’), a glass half fulloh or a glass half emptyoh, a nit-picker or a generalist, low expectation setter or high expectation setter, a Wenger knows or a Wenger goes, a hoper or a nihilist?
In general, people can be divided into the many, randomly picked, two options above. The choices we make, often influenced by our upbringing and life experiences, become our lenses through which we deal with the world around us. There are no good or bad options above, but knowing about your choices and those of others can help a lot in dealing effectively with our fellow human beings. It also helps a lot when blogging on football sites! 🙂
As an optimist with a tendency to dream, somebody who prefers to think rather than do, a hopeful romantic, a total Y manager who likes his glass half full, far more of a generalist than enjoy being in the kitty-litter, a Wenger knows (almost everything about football) more than a Wenger goes (nowhere, as legends are always with us), and the eternal hoper who sets lowish expectations, I predict we are going the win the league; and I have conjured up eight – 8 – irresistible reasons to prove it! 😉
To win the league we need: a spine with steel and experience; super-wings; calm in back-five/six; ingenuity in the middle; x-factor quality with winning in their DNA; leadership; hunger; and dollops of luck.
- A spine with steel, class and experience: Cech, BFG, Koz/Gabriel, Coq and Santi (Flamini and Arteta), Ozil, Giroud/Theo: now that is a fine combination of steel, class and experience in our core that can battle with all the PL competitors, including Citeh;
- We have four very fine FBs and that includes Debuchy, who just needs to play regularly to get back his form. The Bellerina is so good that he can keep the experienced Debuchy out of the team, but I am sure the Frenchman is still classy back-up. On the left we have one of my favourites, Nacho, being an absolute force both defensively and in attack. Ramsey and Sanchez add so much to the wings as well, and I cannot think of a stronger pairing on the wings at any of our competitors;
- Wenger made too many changes to the back five in the CL and we paid for it. Hindsight is of course a beautiful thing (especially Beyonce’s) but I reckon we will see the same back five playing regularly from now on, with the odd tweak from one game to another. The five of Cech, BFG, Koz, Bellerin and Nacho bring calm and control, especially when Coquelin is posted in front of them. We are almost as calm at the back as during the Invincibles days, and a match in this respect for anybody in the top six of the current PL;
- We have inventors in our team: Ozil, Santi, Jack (once his is back), Alexis, Rambo can all produce magic on the pitch. Who are the opponents going to focus on to stop our creative flow? Exactly, there are too many options and that is one of our major strengths: we are blessed with ingenuity in the middle of the team and they are all experienced players of international standard! Nobody else has this creative depth in midfield;
- To win the league we need that bit of extra quality: players who do not fear any opponent and can peak against the very best; players who have won big titles before, at national and/or international level, and bring the belief into the team that we can win the PL. This is what Wenger has been adding to the team with Ozil, Santi, Alexis and Cech. The BFG is a world cup winner now as well and Theo has that fearlessness about him that makes him score against anybody. These players can form the winners’ mentality spine when the going gets tough, and tough it will get;
- Leadership is the ability during and after a match to put things right when it is going wrong. This grows during the season when players are really getting used to each other. Our first team bursts with this sort of leadership and the last seventy minutes against Manure offered great evidence of this. The team against Olympiakos, much altered from the weekend before, had disappointed in this respect, but the players more than put it right against the Mancs. The leaders got together and took responsibility, and so they should. The second half against Pool is another good example: we got played off the pitch by them in the first half, but in the second half we totally turned it round and were unlucky not to score and win the game in the end. Other than possibly Citeh nobody has this as much as we have, which bodes very well;
- Winning two FA cups in a row has given us the confidence and hunger for more. Success has an incremental nature and the FA cup wins, big achievements in my books anyway, have given us the platform for the next jump up. There is great hunger in this team now, and more than any other team in PL right now;
- Of course luck is always a necessary ingredient and we will need dollops of it. Some will say one can force luck, but that would be disrespectful to this fine lady.
In summary, I reckon we can, rather than will, win the league, and I definitely will not be expecting it (as that is a one way ticket to stress and unhappiness in most cases). But everything is in place to have a real go at it, and, with lady luck hopefully being kind to us this time round, we could finally bring the PL title back to the home of football. Now wouldn’t that be sweet. 🙂