This season has to be of the strangest seasons ever. We started well, flopped against the big teams, got back into it, flopped against the big teams, got back into it, and then lost to Sp*rs, Wigan and Blackburn whilst drawing to Birmingham before and drawing to Man City afterwards. Meanwhile, our north London rivals, Sp*rs, went about winning 11 out of their last 12 to qualify into the Champions League, beating us, Chelsea and Man City on route. Meanwhile, Liverpool finish 7th in the league after being United’s main challengers last season and we have 134 more injuries than any other team in the league. On top of that, we bring Sol Campbell out of semi-retirement – who then goes on to win Arsenal player of the month for April, despite us conceding 7 goals in 4 games and Fulham reach the UEFA cup final, beating the likes of Juventus on the way.
Did this season really happen?
Did Van Persie really miss 6 months of a 9 month season again? Did Cesc, Song, Gallas and Vermaelen all get injured for the final month of the campaign? Did Bendtner really score a hattrick at Porto? Did this season actually happen? Am I dreaming? Someone pinch me.
It’s funny because a lot of Gooners were undecided whether they wanted Man City or Sp*rs to win last night, with many people lambasting City’s finances and saying they’d be challenging for the title. What happened last night was not what I wanted. It seems like a lot of people forget how much money Sp*rs have and how ambitious they really are. They’ve already got Sandro lined up for next season, practically have two teams worth of players and will probably spend in the region of £100m in summer – where they get the money from is anyone’s guess… but they will not lie down now, this is the chance they’ve been waiting for. They now sit 2 points behind us with 1 game to go. It hurts.
So, back to all things Arsenal, and Maroune Chamakh has all but confirmed that he will be an Arsenal player next season…
“I am delighted to join the English football atmosphere, it is something amazing. I love Arsenal’s game. I know I will have to adapt but I know the short passing game with (Bordeaux midfielder) Yoann Gourcuff. In February, I made my decision. A departure clause (in a potential new Bordeaux contract) was not logical after refusing Arsenal last summer. Arsenal were not alone. There were Liverpool, Tottenham and crazy offers from Russia. But I was only focused on the Premier League. For my last matches with Bordeaux I can feel a lot of emotion. But I am leaving for a new challenge. At Bordeaux I was the club’s child. In London, I won’t be a kid anymore. I have grown, I have