Oh how we like to wallow in negativity. I am sick to the teeth with the fan base complaining about everything Arsenal, from the players to the manager, and from the BOD to the main shareholder. Where is the perspective and where is the essence of being a supporter? Are we supposed to support the team or is it the team that should support us? In my view, very few get this anymore. The team is there to make you happy and if they don’t do it you get very angry with everything Arsenal. I cannot stop you but don’t expect any sympathy from me on this site.
We are of course victims of our expectations, and they are always high at Arsenal. So what if we finish sixth or seventh? Are Arsene and the team not allowed to have a bad season once in a while? It is remarkable that we have been in the top four for the best part of 20 years and tasted Champagne League football as long as we can think back, and that against challenging financial circumstances,
We are now in good financial health, are managed sensibly by the BOD, keep hold of most of our quality players, have a decent to good transfer budget every season and a manager who cares for the club. It may be time for Arsene to move upwards or onwards, and we will see what happens this summer. All to play for again next season that’s for sure, but let’s see how this one finishes first.
So tomorrow we will play low scoring Middlesbrough away. It is of course key to get back to winning ways and playing away may be an advantage: the manager and players can focus on the game at hand without too much disruption from the (away) supporters. I don’t think the chosen first eleven matter that much. What really matters is the mental preparation of the team and the desire to work their hearts out for the shirt and the manager. Except for one or two players, I have no doubt that they will all give their all again tomorrow, and that is all we can ask for.
Bellerin – BFG – Koz – Nacho
——- Xhaka —- Elneny ——-
It is about time to have a proper centre forward in attack again and Ollie is simply ideal for this as a ‘Holding CF’. Theo and Alexis have their merits but, for different reasons, are not team players, so, for me, they can warm the bench. With Rambo and Welbeck we have proper cover for the full backs and allround team players, and they also strengthen the midfield. It may not be a team for the purists, but it is a team that will play together and fight for the course, and that is the most important thing right now.
I guess Wenger will not go for the above. He will probably go for Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koz, Nacho, Xhaka, Elneny, Alexis, Ozil, Theo and Wellbeck, and that would be fine with me too.
The team are feeling low and need our support more than ever. Let’s get behind them once more, cause that is what we supporters do. Victory Through Harmony and all that.