Under Arsene, the word "belief" is a common word. It's a word that he's used historically and a word he continues to use. I remember all those years ago, he believed our team could go a whole season unbeaten. No-one else believed, and in fact the season after he said it, it happened.
Belief is from within. If you believe you can do something, then you will more inclined to achieve it. I believe I can write a blog, a good, witty, informative blog and that people will email me loads of money, and I've achieved it (apart from the money bit - unless you want to, here’s the contact form). Anyway, where was I?
At the beginning of the season Arsene had belief in a team which finished fourth in the league, a team who then sold their talisman, their va-va-voom, a 30 goal a season player in Henry, a legend, an experienced member of the team in Ljungberg, Aliaidiere, Baptista and Reyes also sold, and the youth players were promoted. An exciting young player called Bendtner and an unknown player called Eduardo filled in the berth. No wingers were brought in, despite it being an area that was highlighted the year before.
Arsene Had Belief
He proved that it was warranted as the team grew in the absence of the previous season’s main players and the absence of one of the star players in Van Persie. Our form saw us go to the top of the table early on and recently be 5 points clear. We’ve knocked out the Champions League holders on the way to the CL quarter finals, our team believes in itself.
But, it’s the wrong time for us to stop believing. Our recent draws do show the fatigue and limited depth of our squad, albeit plighted with injuries. But after four successive draws, we can and will get our season back on track. It’s crazy how many people write us off again. We were tipped for mid season wilderness by the experts, but we have the ability to start winning and games against the team or teams above us, the ball is still in our court. We have 8 remaining games, that’s 8 games to win, a possible 24 points to go, and if we do we will be champions and even if we don’t we could be champions.
Van Persie Believes
He believes we have the quality and knows we in the position to challenge.
“We have to win at least one trophy this season. If we don’t, then we would have played all the fantastic football for nothing. This is our moment and we need to win something. We all realise we are in a fantastic position and this has to be our year.”
“I am not a day dreamer. I really think we can win the title and the Champions League this season. Why not? We have the qualities and we just have to stick together and believe in it. Belief can take you very far in football. It is still in our hands to win the double and we have to take these opportunities because we have something special here at Arsenal.”
Van Persie is an awesome player, who when 100 fit can change a game in an instant, can finish with aplomb and set up goals for his team mates. He’s a player who is back now after a 5 month lay off, and although not fit, he is fresh. His ideas are fresh, his magic is fresh – remember the goal against Inter Milan in the Emirates Cup?
If he stays fit, he should be returning to his best after a few games, which coincides with our triple whammy against Liverpool and an away trip to United.
Young Theo Believes
Young Theo, who turned 19 on Sunday, believes we will soon get back to the form that saw us rise to the summit. It feels that Theo has been with us for years and years, but it’s been just two years, and he is still a little nipper.
“We have been playing some brilliant football but just cannot get that penetration to finish it. That will come – you have bad patches through the season, although it does not help at the end.
“But hopefully if we keep on doing the right things then we will get the results we want. The finishing is the main issue at the moment but we just have to take the positives out of games, and continue to train hard.”
Wise words from someone so young.
It’s time to get behind the team. Three points at Stamford Bridge?
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In other news…
Bendtner talks about how he can make a valuable contribution. He goal’s against Sp*rs and Aston Villa have won us 3 points this season, and definitely has quality. He is young and inexperienced but then again, everyone starts off that way.
The club are set to offer Carlos Vela a new contract. He joined us in late November 2005 at the tender age of 16 and he’s matured well in Spain. The club has recently re-applied for his work permit and he’ll join us this summer. Carlos has that something special, the trickery and wizardry to make a difference; his teammate Kika Sola has been quick to praise his skills.
And finally, the FA has rejected a request from FIFA to extend Martin Taylor’s ban. The FA sometimes seem to want to wrile the blood.
And finally finally, another player to keep an eye is 20 year old Gervinho. He has been dubbed the “new Thierry Henry” and if anyone should know it would be Arsene…!
And finally finally finally…. Matt Lucas will be coaching us in a new Nike advert. Matt will play the role of a “cockney coach” and the first scene, shot recently, features Cesc Fabregas and Philippe Senderos. More here.
That’s it for today – have a good Wednesday. Let’s hope Bolton and Sp*rs do us a favour, although somehow I doubt it…
And remember, have belief.]]>