For Part Deux in this occasional series based on viewing our season through the headlines of the daily posts here on ArsenalArsenal, we have moved on to October and November.
You’ll see that the cautiously optimistic tone of the August and September headlines is carried on into October.
There are a few negative notes following the losses to West Brom at home and Chelsea away, but in general our strong away form and our good start to the Champions League is keeping spirits high.
Headlines like “Wenger’s Tactics Were Spot On” and “Another Step Upon the Road to European Glory” capture the warm glow, while with the brilliantly titled “Sheikh Rattled and Rolled” we reveled in trouncing the billionaires of Manchester City in their own back yard.
And then came November, falling on us like a humungous, steaming cowpat. Suddenly words like “failure, sunk, doom and gloom” are in the headlines as our league form continues to stutter and we blow our chances of topping our Champions League group by fielding a weak team. What would be the consequences of that, we all wondered… maybe we would end up drawing someone like Barcelona in the last 16…
Two pieces in particular in November laid out the problems that would come to nibble at our ankles repeatedly during the season before slapping us in the face in the final run-in. Take a bow Rasp, for “Arsenal: Why Don’t We Learn From Our Mistakes” and Kelsey for “Tippy Tappy Football to Nowhere.” In those two headlines (and articles) you wrote the story of our season.
In among the triumphalism and desperation there’s the usual AA mix of eclectic genius, so if you have a spare 15 minutes why not click on any of the headlines that takes your fancy. You will either get to relive part of our season or you’ll get a damned good read on a wide range of football and Arsenal related subjects.