Finishing the season strong

This was going to be a very involved, well researched post about how many times we’ve clawed victory from the mouth of defeat this season or what happened to one nil to the Arsenal? But the sun is shining and although it was a lucid articulate article at 3am it still needs to much work and time is running out.

We used to be the team that clawed victory or a draw from the mouth of defeat but now we’ve become the team most likely to lose or draw in the final minutes of a tense game.  I used to be certain that we could hold onto a 1 goal advantage gained in the 80 something minute but these days it seems that the only certainty is that other teams know we might crumble if they apply the pressure.

Many have cried out for the ‘smash and grab’ that we used to see regularly, three goals up at half-time and then exhibition stuff for the second half. I actually like the roller coaster ride and coming back from being 1 or 2 goals down always feels very satisfying if a little scary. I always knew we would score ……….. not now though 😦

Although the season isn’t over, to see out the remaining games as if it is would be a waste of a season that has promised so much. There are five games to show that we have the fighting spirit, the mental strength and the players to snatch a few points from the remaining games.

As Arsène is fond of reminding us, we were written off at the start of the season and have spent the most part of it in second place!!!! Yes, we have underachieved, as the Carling Cup should definitely be shining bright in our trophy cabinet but maybe the disappointment of losing that final was just too much for this group of players.

Five games, fifteen points from these will let us finish four points ahead of last season and we can still mathematically win the league. The season isn’t over yet, I hope our boys aren’t already on the beach.

Have a nice day in the sun all.

Written by peachesgooner

45 Responses to Finishing the season strong

  1. barumgooner says:

    So true Peaches, sums up the way most of us feel at the moment I think.

  2. SharkeySure says:

    Morning all, from sunny West Sussex.

  3. bg – I’ll repost it, stay there

  4. barumgooner says:
    April 23, 2011 at 9:28 am (Edit)

    Morning. Having read back through a few of the comments I would like to say that I think our first choice 11 is as good as any and agree that its our squad that is letting us down. (and possibly the formation) chesney
    sagna JD TV clichy
    Theo fab song Nasri
    with Gibbs, Fabianski, Ramsey, Jack, NikB, Kos, all good and worth sticking with.

    Offload Almunia, Eboue, Denilson, Diaby, Rosicky, Vela, Traore(not sure if he’s actually our player any more?)

    Bring in Lansbury and Frimpong plus the young rb we are trying to get and all we need imo is a classy left midfielder/winger and another striker and we are complete and I will be a very happy gooner.

  5. SharkeySure says:

    Five more games with the spirit from Weds nite please!

  6. Morning sharkey – this feels like one of those 70’s tv programmes where everyone was on location 🙂

  7. Exactly sharkey – that was proper Arsenal on wednesday night, it makes you wonder where they’ve been hiding.

  8. Rasp says:

    Wise words peaches. We are currently 7 points behind where we were at the same time last season – thanks mainly to 7 draws out of 14 games so far in 2011.

    From this point last season we imploded and only took 4 points out of the last 15.

    The squad was decimated by injuries come May 2010. We currently have the strongest pool of players we’ve had all season so I’d like to think that the extra motivation to get maximum points comes from the knowledge in sone player’s minds that unless they show the required level now, they will be on their way in the summer.

  9. Wonderman says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the article, let’s hope we can cut out the fundamental errors!!

  10. Gooner in Exile says:

    5 games and 15 points will win us the league.

    Rasp…..we are only 6 points behind.

    We need Everton to do us a favour or Chelsea to do a big favour, it could be the closest run in yet. If us and Chelsea get 5 wins from 5 it’ll go to goal difference.

    As peaches said in the article a big finish to the season please boys. You’d think by the reactions of some we are midtable and had just scraped out of relegation battle.

  11. Gooner in Exile says:

    Sorry Rasp just re read your post and I now know what we’re seven points behind……d’oh

  12. Harry says:

    Morning all, lovely day, back from trg, sweating my backside off…….

    Peaches,as you say the season isnt over, but for me next 90mins will decide the title, if united beat evrton, its over for me…..But I fancy a draw….

    1000% spot on SS, as long as the players show the spirit they did from Wednesday night I will be happy….

    If you havent see this post:

    Have a read……..( I have responded as Martin)

  13. Harry says:

    Well for the first 45, everton have done their job just, United should have scored 2 or 3….What impressed me was………..the crowd, didnt get frustrated, they got behind them…..fancy that…

  14. Red Arse says:


    Thanks for tipping me off about the Ladyarse Post.

    It is one of the best I have read, and I responded accordingly.

    What is your reference to Patrick Barclay?

  15. Harry says:

    Red Arse, it was a great article, when I saw the title, I thought, umm, this could be interesting, as i do feel many people follow the masses and lack understanding ie 50000 at the emirates!!

    The reference to patrick barclay, was the inset quote from him under the paragraph on “bottlers”….Showed real intelligence, he is one of my favourite (I havent got many) journos…..

  16. RockyLives says:

    Well said. There is no excuse for not finishing the season on full throttle.

    We probably all agree that it would be nice to freshen up the team for next season, but the biggest thing for me is that we just need to freshen up the attitude.

    As some have pointed out, our tendency to panic when holding on to a lead is a concern, which is more about mentality than personnel.

    I think it was in the Alan Davies podcast where they pointed out that during the seven minute stoppage for Carragher’s injury (versus ‘Pool), there was not a single Arsenal player going round geeing up the rest of the team. No-one was slapping people on the back urging them to focus, or doing a bit of fist-pumping. It should really have been Cesc’s job, but any of the senior players might have done it. Instead our lot just stood around in their own private world of… what? Hope? Anxiety? Desperation? Who knows?

    This sort of thing REALLY worries me.

  17. RockyLives says:

    Guess what, another good penalty shout against ManUre not given at the Toilet.

    You could write the story of this season in non-penalties given against Arsenal and bang-on pens not given against ManUre.

    If all the pen decisions had been 100% accurate we would probably be ahead on points right now.

  18. SharkeySure says:

    So true RL

  19. Harry says:

    Yep RL, it was a nailed on penalty………

  20. RockyLives says:

    That was a great comment this morning (at the end of yesterday’s post).

    You’re so right about the ManUre crowd – their attitude puts us to shame. No groaning at every mistake, no booing their own players…

  21. Harry says:

    you just know they will score in last minute…..this is nerve racking…..

  22. RockyLives says:

    Everton are sitting way too deep.

  23. RockyLives says:

    Typical. But you can’t say they don’t deserve it. They’re a team who want to win things.

    Come on Everton – still time to equalise.

  24. Harry says:

    thats it, all over….for me…..cannot see them dropping points against blackburn or Blackpool…..

  25. goonermichael says:

    It’s all so predictable and depressing. 😦

  26. Harry says:

    I am just sure that crowd helps……..well it aides my theories so I will go with that thought……

  27. RockyLives says:

    But they could still lose to us and the Chavs, then it’s goal difference (if – a big IF – we win all our games).

  28. RockyLives says:

    Fair comment from the commentator about how, at 0-0 with 10 to go, there was a sense of anxiety among the crowd, but not the sense of desperation you get with an Arsenal game in a similar situation.

  29. Harry says:

    Yeah I know rocky, but for me they had to drop points here today, i just think they will smash their last two games, but agreed its a big if, but possible, UI wont give up hope….

    If we win tomorrow, at least we will know whether we have a chance after the match at the emirates against them, although they cannot mathematically win until the chelsea game, so they cannot say they won it ours!!!

  30. RockyLives says:

    Very important point Harry! That’s our trick.

  31. Harry says:

    oh well best get on with the decorating now……..that paint brush is going to get thrown everywhere,……..

  32. RockyLives says:

    Yep. Time to do some non football stuff. Catch you later.

  33. goonermichael says:

    I gave up the title ages ago. I’m an eternal optimist usually but we blew it big time this season. We don’t get much luck or decisions either. one of the chavs or mancs will finish with the same nuber of trophies as us though so it puts it into some perspective.

  34. Manu again won. What the hell. The title is theirs now as they only have to win 2 out of their last four games. Even if they lose to us and chelsea and we win all our remaining games, we’d level on points with them with a inferior GD.
    Check my Arsenal Blog:

  35. RockyLives says:

    Shubh – if we win all our remaining games, how do you know we’ll have a worse goal difference?

    By the way, this is a test to see if you’re interested in a dialogue or are just posting your link everywhere.

  36. RockyLives says:

    Definitely off now.

  37. dandan says:

    Time to give you guys a smile.

    Subject: Sensitivity Training in the Armed Services

    A young Navy Officer was in a terrible car accident, but due to the heroics of the hospital staff the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.

    Since he wasn’t physically impaired he remained in the military and eventually became an Admiral. However, during his career he was always sensitive about his appearance.

    One day the Admiral was interviewing two Navy Master Chiefs and a Marine Sergeant Major for his personal staff.

    The first Master Chief was a Surface Navy type and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview the Admiral asked him, “Do you notice anything different about me?”

    The Master Chief answered, “Why yes sir. I couldn’t help but notice you are missing your starboard ear, so I don’t know whether this impacts your hearing on that side.”

    The Admiral got very angry at this lack of tact and threw him out of his office.

    The next candidate, an Aviation Master Chief, when asked this same question, answered, “Well yes sir, you seem to be short one ear.”

    The Admiral threw him out also.

    The third interview was with the Marine Sergeant Major. He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Master Chiefs put together. The Admiral wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same question.

    “Do you notice anything different about me?”

    To his surprise the Sergeant Major said, “Yes, sir. You wear contact lenses.”

    The Admiral was impressed and thought to himself, what an incredibly tactful Marine. “And how do you know that?” the Admiral asked.

    The Sergeant Major replied, “Well sir, it’s pretty hard to wear glasses with only one bloody ear.”

  38. Gooner in Exile says:

    Right I’m deep in the heart of enemy territory and there are far too many red shirted cheery faces round here for my liking.

    Where do the players go out hopefully I can get a photo of one of them in a state of inappropriateness to chuck in to the newspapers.

    Obviously I’ll give AA the exclusive.

  39. Harry says:

    @dandan…..Quality, very funny……

    @GIE….Go to an over 60’s pub, you’ll find shrek in there…

  40. RockyLives says:

    Great stuff dandan. Reminds me of this:

    At the infantry base in Aldershot there was one sergeant major who was known to be the toughest, hardest, least sentimental NCO of them all.

    However, the new Commanding Officer was very keen on changing the image of the place and bringing it into the 21st Century. When he heard about the Sergeant Major From Hell he decided to go an see for himself.

    Watching from the sidelines he saw the SM put his squaddies through their paces with brutal efficiency and a barrage of foul mouthed insults.

    At the end the SM had them lined up for inspection, when a corporal ran up to him and handed him a telegram. The SM read the telegram, shook his head, then faced his troop.

    “Private Thompson, one step forward” he bellowed in a voice that would wake the dead.

    A young private stepped forward from the ranks.

    The SM bellowed: “Your mother’s died.”

    The private broke down in tears as the SM dismissed the troop and marched off to his quarters.

    The CO followed him in and said: “Now look old chap, you’re obviously a very good Sgt Major, but in the modern army we need to be a bit more sensitive about how we handle matters like the death of that poor young fellow’s mother. Singling him out like that to deliver such terrible news is really not on.”

    “Very good sir,” said the Sgt Major. “Understood. Won’t happen again sir.”

    A few months later, the Sgt Major had his latest troop of squaddies lined up for inspection when a corporal ran across and handed him a telegraph. The SM read it and shook his head.

    Then he faced his troop and bellowed: “Everyone with a mother, one step forward….

    “…not so fast Potter.”

  41. RockyLives says:

    Spuds lose a lead at the death – is anyone calling them chokers?

    Yet if they fail to qualify for the ECL it will be a much bigger failure of a season than our second or third place finish – although the media will still love ‘Arry and hate AW.

    They’re likely to end up in quite a scrap with ‘Pool for the 5th/6th positions.

  42. SharkeySure says:

    So true Rocky, the SCOB’s have a mighty tough run in.

    SCOB – small cock one ball !

  43. RockyLives says:

    Sharkey 😀

  44. 26may1989 says:

    I’m sure none of has rated our chances of winning the title very highly for a few weeks now. The galling thing is we’ve handed it to United, we’ve made it easy for them, and may even manage to gift second place to Chelsea. And all because the players lacked the required mental application.

    We can and probably should swap the personnel around in the summer, but we could easily have won the title this season with the squad we have. As you say peaches, the pundits were all predicting we’d finish behind City, Spurs and Liverpool, as well as United and Chelsea. The trouble is every bastard conveniently forgets all that and calls us failures for not picking up a trophy and not winning the league.

    We should absolutely drive the team forward and try to bag the final 15 points. But even then, I don’t think many of us seriously think we’ll see the title heading our way this season – you never know for sure of course, but the bookies can’t be taking many bets on us now. Our chances have been blown already, such a shame, the players have simply let us all down.

  45. Morning all

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