By guest writer andy
Lest we forget…Some positives
I for one have pulled my hair out, screamed at the t.v. (yes i am a gooner-from-a-distance) and complained to anyone who would listen (and those who dont) but….
There have, believe it or not, been some good things to come out of this season.
1 Vermaelen: an inspiration and proof that spending a little bit of money every now and again is worth it. Yes he’s made the odd mistake but he is human and overall his commitment and ability has been second to none.
2. Song: he’s come on in leaps and bounds in the DM role, and has now become a player who is sorely missed.
3. Eboue: I can hold my hands up and say that I thought he was the worst player I have seen in the red and white since Gus Caeser. But he has been fantastic this year, not an ever-present but a useful and willing extra and the kind of player who is worth being on the bench and even the unconvincing diving is less regular. I never thought i’d say it but i’d be sorry to see him go.
4. Arshavin: whether all the talk is genuine or spin you cant deny that the guy has been poor. I read somewhere that if the supply aint there then what can he do but the answer is simples…. TRY. If he goes then it wont be a loss and maybe free up a spot for little Jack.
5. Sol: alright he seems to be a mixed up guy, left us to play abroad and went to …Portsmouth, went to Notts county for ??? but came back and has been great. Not got the pace anymore but shows the heart and desire that is but a memory at the moment. Deserves another year and maybe the player that makes AW rethink the absurd idea that experience doesn’t count.
6. Cesc: truly amazing. For a player of his age to be so dominant is just unbelievable and is in a way a sad indictment of what is wrong at the club. Sounds a bit of a contradiction I know but just imagine how good he would have been in the team of the late 90s where he was surrounded by talent and heart instead of having to be the one dragging so many half-hearted others along (sorry negativity creeping in)
7. The loanees: some great potential there, 5-6 players who have been pretty good in the lower leagues, I think we need to show a bit of faith and reward a few of them with a shot next term.
8. Arsene: I know the sceptics in us say we have seen and heard it before but to me he looks like a man who has lost patience. I for one agree with the theory that he has been working under financial constraint rather than idealistic pride but he and the board MUST now act on the obvious lack of balance within the side. Not change for the sake of change but look at what is lacking and address the situation.
Have faith, the positives are there, sometimes you just have to look a bit harder. We have finished on a high after a comfortable victory against Fulham and must now look forward to the summer with renewed optimism.