Keeping the flag high.
So EPL has come to an end last Sunday. Final standings, Chelsea finished as the champion, Man United finished second, Arsenal finished third and surprise, surprise, surprise Spurs finished fourth, earning themselves a ticket for Champions League next season. So finally, the top four had been dislodged at the expense of Liverpool.
I haven’t write about football for quite sometimes so maybe this is a good time to do it. Reflecting on the 2009/2010 season, it is a similar performance by Arsenal with 2008/2009 season in which we started with a bang, being in the title race for quite a long period before succumbed to losing our grip on the title when the season enters it most hectic period, particularly March till May.
It is not difficult to point out the reason why we have failed again. Again, injuries had taken it’s toll on our season. Key players like Fabregas, Vermaelen, Gallas and notably Robin Van Persie sustained a long term injury which really dampened our march to the title. Robin Van Persie injuries is the most depressing one as we played most of the season without our main striker. Bendtner is not a top class striker nor Eduardo is. What we lack was the dynamism of RVP in which he could open the defence with his run and movement inside the penalty box. We ended up putting Arshavin at the centre of the new 4-3-3 formation in which we suffered a lot during the games against Chelsea. How would you expect Arshavin to win the headers when he is up against John Terry?
But, I personally think this injury problems could be overcome had Arsene spend some cash during the winter transfer windows. I have no idea why it is very difficult for him to buy players that could remedied our injury problems. I knew Arsene is not a fan of winter transfer, arguing it could disrupts the team developments. But he should know that we have the best chance to end our silverware droughts and yet, he screwed it up.
However, I think there are a lot of positive notes that the Gooners should be proud of. Twice we were written off from the title race, having 12 points off the pace and yet, twice we come back to bring ourselves into the title contention again. If the 2008/2009 season the turning point was Eduardo horrific injury, this season the match against Stokes City saw we suffer another horrific injury to Aaron Ramsey, in which his leg was left ‘hanging’. I personally picked that match as our best game of the season given how we come back from behind to seal a last minute victory. I thought that was a turning point of our season like in 2008/2009 season when Ramsey was tackled. Cesc Fabregas looked depressed and shouting by himself alone, can’t believe that it is happening again and yet, the lads picked themselves up and showed they are maturing. The turning point of the season is definitely against Barcelona, in which I don’t want to talk about it. Barcelona and Leo Messi was just outstanding.
So it is the 6th year without any silverware. Next season, I hope we have a better luck in terms of injury and I hope Arsene will buy a new GK, CF and CB. Finishing third is simply not a champions materials. Of course we prove everyone wrong given how they rate us before the season starts but the first one that counts the most, not the 2nd nor the 3rd.