Written by Gooner in Exile
Two days away from the start of the season and with Big Raddy set to make a triumphant return (I hope) for tomorrows pre match I thought it would be time to ask what the minimum we should expect from the first 6 games.
13th August – Newcastle (PL) A
16th August – Udinese (CLQ) H
20th August – Liverpool (PL) H
24th August – Udinese (CLQ) A
28th August – Man Utd (PL) H
10th September – Swansea (PL) H
So for me the bare minimum for us is qualification for the Champions League proper, in addition to 7 points.
Thats right my worst case includes one defeat and a draw, but it probably would as I am a pragmatic fellow, some would say a defeatist, who will accept that losing at Old Trafford will not be the end of the season, neither will drawing with Liverpool at Home or Newcastle Away.
Yes I would love to start the season with six straight wins and laugh in everyones faces who has written us off, but I am also not prepared to set my hopes so high and I would encourage fellow Gooners to do the same. This season is going to be a rough ride at times full of highs and lows, its where we set our expectations that will allow us to cope with failure in a more restrained way than last season.
Anyway what are your expectations/hope for the first month of the season, is it as make and break as everyone thinks?
And while you’ve all got your thinking hats on maybe today is also a good day to celebrate your favourite Cesc moment/moments. He may not be an Arsenal player by the end of the weekend but he has given us some moments of pure joy in the years that we’ve watched him grow up. I went looking for a video of best Fabregas goals but also found this great video of his assists, that’s what we’re going to miss the most, those magic passes that he could slip through to an on-running player – carving open a defence.
As London keeps reminding us the Fat Lady Hasn’t Sung Yet and so lets enjoy our Cesc Fabregas on the eve of a new season. Cesc is our Captain, our talisman and the one who can drive us on and for as long as he is with us we are a better side with him than without.
Roll on news of Arsene’s press conference today, no doubt he will be facing further probing into the state of the Arsenal Transfer Nation. It feels like there will be a change in the guard at Arsenal, some will welcome it, some will be distraught, but Arsenal endures.
Dig out as many videos as you can find and lets celebrate our Fab 4.
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