We are where we are
I’m conscious it has been quite a while since my last post here. It isn’t that I haven’t been watching the games. In fact, with a 5 year-old who increasingly demonstrates all the signs of his father’s obsessiveness, in one way watching Arsenal is more enjoyable now than it has been for some time.
The reason for the quietness on here is that I’m really not sure there is a great deal to say. Of course, there is plenty to be said about each match. But have I seen anything this season that has made me sit up and reappraise the big picture? Not a jot.
For what it’s worth, I thought the early season panic post Stoke and Liverpool was slightly over the top. It didn’t come as any great surprise to me that we followed it up with a few wins, nor that before long we came a cropper again. I’ve long thought that we are in decline, probably not rapid decline, but clear decline nonetheless. I imagine we’ll be scrapping for a Europa League place at the end of this season. We could get 4th because Liverpool and Chelsea clearly aren’t perfect. Equally we could end up behind both of them and miss out on European football altogether.
And there we are. Few of the players are wowing me right now. Irrespective of any financial considerations, I do actually hope we lose Ozil sooner or later. My heart wants Wilshere to succeed. It also knows that our central midfield is not a title winning one. Up front, there should be goals.
Anyway, Swansea next week might just be my 5 year-old’s first game. He sits through entire 90 minutes when the matches are on TV. He even stayed watching during the second half of Brighton, which was not exciting fare. So fair enough, the time has probably come. He’s excited. I’m probably even more so.