That’s the question on everyone’s lips. When you’ve had caviar every day for many years, it’s very hard to start eating brussel sprouts. But what do you do? Sack the chef? But isn’t he doing the best he can do with his ingredients? Brussel Sprouts with garlic, doesn’t taste bad, but just doesn’t satisfy does it? But what if Brussel Sprouts is all you can get, what if there was no supply, what if all you could afford was Brussels? What if all the caviar was bought up already?
Man, I’m hungry now.
It’s quite heart wrenching to see and experience the demise of your club, but as fans of the Arsenal, that is exactly what is going on – how long it will last is the key question… will it be a short period. Will our players gel in time? Will they turn the corner? Arteta and Benayoun are no Cesc and Nasri, that is for sure, but what exactly did Cesc & Nasri win when they were with us? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a go at Cesc or Nasri, but the issues at Arsenal didn’t start this season.
It started a long time ago when we starting selling off our prize assets. When Vieira was sold in his prime, when Henry left to win trophies, when we told the world we were a selling club with the departures of Overmars & Petit. Why have we been selling? Why have we lost our mojo?
The answer is the Emirates.
Arsenal have a proud history, but we’ve had to work our way up to the Elite. We’ve had to make it happen, we were a mid-table team when Arsene took over (well, a little better than that), and we must not forget the leaps and bounds we’ve jumped with him. The move to the Emirates – in the short term – may feel sour, it may feel like “why did we bother” as all we have had since the move is a painful amount of decline.
But, we must look at the longer term. We must project ourselves 10 years into the future, when the debts have been paid of and the revenue the club earns allows us to compete at the highest level. It’s hard – as a fan – to accept, but we must accept and understand that long term prosperity is far better than short term gain. Arsene Wenger hates losing. He would have hated to lose to Sp*rs this season. He would have hated the Old Trafford incident. But that’s where we are. The one he would have hated the most is surely the defeat to Blackburn. 2-1 up at half time and ready to win – wins breed confidence.
I know you’ve heard it before, but we have to give this squad some time to gel. If things haven’t significantly improved by January, then we can dip into the market. In the new year, we will have the likes of Wilshere, Vermaelen and Sagna back. This season, we have to aim for 4th – we can do it – Sp*rs, Liverpool and the other contenders will drop points and as soon as we get on a roll, we need to climb the table. Despite recent results, I do have some admiration for Alex Song’s latest comments:
We don’t have any choice now We just now need to take the good things and win every single game. We just need to be more focused now, try to defend together and try to attack together because the fans need it. We need just to make them happy. We need to win our games now. The fans did very well today and we didn’t do very well for them. The next five games are very important for us. We need to win every single one to come back and show the fans that we are ready and that we are tight to fight for the league.
He still believes we can win the title…
I know it’s a pain in the proverbial butt, but we must stay together and support the manager and team. The team will gel, it will get better. Let’s not over-react.
It won’t be our best season by a mile, but what can we do? We need to eat and if it’s Brussel Sprouts on the menu, then I’m going to learn to like them…