As we approach the year of our Lord (Arsene) 2016, the Arsenal are top of the league on goal difference, with Leicester, Man City and some scum from N17 right up our arse. So how have we done so far after 19 games?
The season didn’t start on a bright note when we lost at the Emirates to a rejuvinated West Ham, that was hiccup number one. We then had a topsy turvy few games, a very good win at Crystal Palace followed by a disappointing draw at home to Liverpool. Then two good wins, away to Newcastle and at home to Stoke.
Then came the game that is going to really annoy me for the rest of my football supporting life, Chavs away. They weren’t playing well, in fact they were in a mess and it was on everyones minds that this will be the time to beat the Maureen jinx. However, cheating and a biaised ref conspired against us and the three points stayed in the darklands of SW6…. a very disappointing and frustrating day for supporters and players. That was hiccup number two.
We then went on a good run of five games, a very satisfying win at the King Power against the new boys on the block, a lovely win at the Emirates which saw us annihilate Man United within a few minutes, a tough win away to Watford followed in which the scoreline flatters and good wins against Everton and Swansea.
Then came hiccup number three, scumbags XI, we really should have won that game at home, it’s never nice to lose points to the shadowdwellers and it was extremely galling to watch them and their nasty lttle fans celebrate at the end of the game as if they’d won the fucking league, when all they’d managed was a draw.
Then came the first real shock of the season, we went away to West Brom with a few good results behind us, having scored 17 goals in six games and on a good run. Hiccup number four, 2 – 1 to the Baggies. That was followed by shock number two, we travelled to tractor land, the team took a plane from Luton to Norwich International airport and muddled out a draw, I blame jet lag. Hiccup number five.
Three good results on the trot followed that, home to Sunderland, away to Villa and a superb 2 – 1 win at home to Man City with a strikers goal from Theo and the spirits and mental strength was building with just a poor performing Southampton to play away and the other south coast team at home over the Christmas period. Easy we thought, after the game against City we were all jumping for fucking joy and saying we’ll be top of the league soon.
Hiccup number six, the third shock of our season so far, and a fucking big hiccup it was, and an even bigger fucking shock…. they didn’t turn up at St Marys’, they all stayed at home eating left over turkey and christmas pudding. Well on the day it was a turkey shoot and we were the fucking turkeys. One to forget in a hurry.
The boys managed to retain a smidgen of pride in the next game and got a fairly routine 2 – 0 win against Bournemouth, not a great game but some pure magic from our assist king, Mesut and some solid performances from our reserves Gabriel, Chambers and Gibbo. Also, lets not forget, Cech made history with his clean sheet.
On that last game of 2015 we moved to the top of the league… at fucking last, (Go back to paragraph 7 and read the last line) but it could have been so much easier to reach the pinnicle, six hiccups does not a title make. The way I look at it, West Ham, Chavs, West Brom and Southampton should have been 3 points a piece for us, plus the draws at home to Liverpool and the N17 dimwits and the draw away to Norwich which could have been wins, would have given us an extra 18 points….. EIGHTEEN FUCKING POINTS? Just think about it, ok perhaps we wouldn’t have gone unbeaten for 19 games but still, it puts it all into context. We would be something like 12 – 18 points above our nearest rival.
Instead, we are on level peggings with Leicester and a following pack not far behind. Furthermore, we have some tough away games coming up in the New Year. Stoke are one of our jinx teams and this season they are playing like fucking Barcelona for fucks sake! Liverpool away, Man Utd away ( well this season not such a tough game), S-pervs away, Everton away and Man City away…. plus perhaps a rejuvinated Chavs at home.
This is the season that we could win it… the PL is wide open and if we can play consistantly in the way we did against United, Leicester and City, and for a short period against Watford (they’re the only ones I can remember for the moment) then it can be ours.
Injuries have happened this season as always but they haven’t appeared to affect us badly as in previous years. As we approach January there is lots of talk about buying…. we definately need to strengthen the side, it would be bad management if they didn’t. Wenger has obviously seen that this is the season we can win the title and therefore, he will clearly spend some decent money to re-inforce the team and avert any major disruptions from further injuries or setbacks to our current walking wounded. I fucking hope he does anyway.
So what do you think SoreArses, in the year of our Lord (Arsene) 2016, will we finally, after a long long wait, lift the trophy we dream of?
I sincerely think we will, why shouldn’t we….