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An update!

I ACTUALLY thought it had been far longer than three and a bit months since I last posted. Why did I stop? Hard to say exactly . Life has been busy but probably not too busy to sneak in the odd post here or there. One thing I’ve never liked doing is posting match reports when I haven’t properly been able to focus on the game. Boys aged 4, 2 and 10 months certainly increase that possibility.

But I’ve still been watching a fair bit of the time.

Writing this in advance of the Burnley game, I think we’re reasonably positioned in the league table though facing an uphill task to win it. Clearly, the league is in Chelsea’s hands. But there isn’t a huge amount you can do about a team taking 52 out of 63 points. The good news, I suppose, is that they’ve just been on an unbelievable run and are perhaps due a little down turn. Not the most sophisticated argue I grant you but not inconceivable either. And if they do suffer one, we’re still, at time of writing, not that far off them.

Them aside, it is mighty tight but we need to go on a mighty run. I think 84 points will be the absolute minimum required to win the league. And that requires 13 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats or a similar combination. It’s quite an ask and no guarantee of success.

Personnel wise I think we look so-so. Key for me is that the central midfield still isn’t really resolved. If I’m honest, there is a part of me that wonders if Xhaka was a 20 year old who’d come through the ranks he’d be considered too raw and error prone for first team action. I do, actually like him as a player. He just lacks the discipline right now to be running a title winning midfield. But that could change.

55 Responses to “An update!”

  1. MDP says:

    Guess we should get through tonight first. Don’t like the sound of this artificial pitch, reminds me of those dodgy games against Luton Town back in the 80′s.

  2. PD says:

    Comfortable enough in the end despite the best efforts of David ‘calm presence’ Ospina. I can’t seriously believe there are people who think he’s world class. He isn’t remotely close.

    Lot of work to do before Liverpool.

  3. MDP says:

    Have to agree. I’ve been sucked in a few times by some great saves by Ospina but he’s proven he’s just another Fabianski. Some terrible decisions last night. Not remotely world class.

    The Liverpool game will be huge, I’d take a draw now.

  4. Elvis says:

    I’m afraid I don’t agree that the Liverpool game will be ‘huge’. It is next to irrelevant for me. Neither club is going to win anything apart from the Fourth Place Trophy and, after 13 years of competing for that, I can’t be bothered anymore. Meh 05. Meh 06. Meh 07. Meh 08. Meh 09. Meh 10. Meh 11. Meh 12. Meh 13. Meh 14. Meh 15. Meh 16. And now Meh 17.

    My interest in Arsenal 2016-17 now ends with the FA Cup. And with a likely semi-final line up of Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs it’s clear who are the rank outsiders.

  5. MDP says:

    I know what your saying Elvis, my interest has waned and I’m only really bothered in the FA Cup from a fans perspective. There’s no real thrill or buzz about watching Arsenal in the league or CL, it’s not even entertaining football.

    But, taking a step back, top four is still in the best interests of the clubs future whether it’s under new management next season or Arsene doing the same thing over and over again. I know some will say that top four would just be an excuse to re-new Arsene’s contract but finishing outside the top four will only make things worse. Still think we’ll struggle mind you.

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