By Scott C. Mossman
Arsenal fans have been divided on a number of topics in recent years, some trivial and some impactful. Cesc Fabregas is that girl you’re over, but you’re not. Alex Song was shit and maybe he wasn’t. Finally, it’s just time for Arsene Wenger to step aside. Thanks for the memories! You changed the game! Now sod off because you’re inching us closer to fifth spot in the league and we couldn’t win a cup even if we were gifted Birmingham FC in the final. At various times, these sentiments have been difficult to dispute and maybe even difficult to agree with for some Gooners. Whether we have felt doubt or belief we have held our opinions as close to our hearts as the very club we support and love.
Aaron Ramsey was the next big thing along with Jack Wilshere before having his leg broken by that twat from that ultimate twat clan. Aaron Ramsey was then the next Eduardo story (without the cool song). Again, Gooners were divided, this time about the quality of Aaron’s game. Thus, the frustration of another players’ poor play compounded frustration towards a manager slowly becoming more popular for thrown water bottles and puffy coats than for lifting silverware. Arsenal was in agonizingly slow decline, but the ship felt as if it were sinking quickly. Only in football could that sentence feel so warranted.
Aston Villa came to the Emirates and beat us 1-3 and we were on our way to a mid-table finish. That is, before we weren’t. Did anyone not on drugs predict us top of the league after five more matches? I’m sure some of you have taken some good stuff, but maximum points since that result and signing Mesut Ozil would have sounded more like a wet dream than a good trip at that point. I hope you’ve all cleaned your sheets by now.
Yes, we have, in fact, taken max points since the Villa debacle and there are plenty of other talking points to keep us pissing excitedly. We’re top of the league, top of the Champions League group, we’ve beaten the #chickenwankers (it’s the latest hash tag trend), we’ve extended the club record of away wins to 12, and Aaron Ramsey is now the best Welsh footballer on the planet without even needing a monkey face by way of plastic surgery. In fact, some men may have blushed at the sight of his mug after that volley at Sunderland.
So, what then of our 17 year manager? I suppose time has yet to tell a true success story for this season, but he looks like a god damned genius, doesn’t he? Adding Flamini was a perfect signing, he brought along Serge Gnabry who may be the next, better/actually defending version of Theo Walcott, and he ignored the critics and corralled this team into a squad of chemistry, belief, and quality. Even Bendtner has a good attitude and is thanking the fans.
Despite this wank fest, we still have a long season to go and we hardly have the depth of a title winning team, but that isn’t to say we won’t have a title winning team. We haven't played the other title challengers either. It’s still early days, of course. Early days with the kind of promise recent seasons have not produced. No matter how you see the season shaping up I think we can finally agree on one thing. Wenger in!
The matter of Cesc is ongoing…sigh.
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