Yesterday, against Watford, I think the light at the end of the tunnel finally got turned off!
Our dream of a third FA Cup in a row had been envisaged as salvation from a mediocre season and a crowning glory for Arsène Wenger in his final season.
Arsenal broke my heart yesterday, they truly did, I watched a game that they should have won by several goals, instead it got turned around by a Watford team that had more energy, better goal scorers and a will to win that I wished our boys could have had. Something is clearly missing in our current team, something very important and it is a vital ingredient if being successful and winning trophies is the primary aim of a football club………………. LEADERSHIP.
It’s been extremely apparent over this current season more so than before, we have no fighters or leaders at the club…. and that includes the manager. Yesterday we played the first half with no urgency, no player encouraging team mates, and forwards who looked as if it was just another training session. A glaring difference against Watford was the poor finishing exhibited by Arsenal compared to our opponents. We had several chances and failed, whereas Watford had two chances and scored both times. Arsenal only showed any fight at the very end when Welbeck came on and gave us a chance to come away with at least a draw, but it was too little too late.
Where do the club go from here? I know that there will now be very loud calls for Arsène to step down and it is going to be an extremely bumpy ride for our manager. I don’t feel angry, I feel sad, sad because a great manager who has achieved so much for our club and been loyal for twenty years, is going to finish his reign at the club under a shadow. He doesn’t deserve that, this season could so easily have finished on a high, the double was winnable and I would have been the happiest Gooner alive if Wenger had achieved that and then retired. It would have been a fitting end for such a great manager.
However, fate has dictated another outcome, an outcome without silverware because let’s be realistic, the champions league is now beyond us unless a miracle occurs in Spain on Wednesday and the Premier League is probably now a trophy too far with Leicester eight points in front, which leaves us fighting for 2nd, 3rd or 4th place.
However, life goes on, there is still loads of wine to be drunk, there are still loads of women to be seduced, there are still some great feasts to be eaten and there is always next season to be crowned Champions.
Will someone please turn the light at the end of the tunnel back on?