Man oh man.
I am sure that there are many Untoldians out there wondering what’s next for Arsenal.
Well we know what is next, the FA Cup. Are we going to make sure we retain it, will we succeed or will the forces that plan against us be out to stop us from retaining it? All in the theme of “any team can win the FA Cup, that’s what makes it soooooo good” mantra of course. A team defending and winning it twice in a row would probably defeat that theme, and make other teams less interested. Alright. 🙂
Anyway, we’ve got Aston Villa, ooohhh, some gasp as they remembered that game. Then they sigh in relief as they remembered it was not AV alone that gave us such a terrible day. The refs were fully committed to stopping Arsenal, for what ever reason…
Arsenal buried that skeleton soon after and although aware of “the villains” (should it not be “the villans”?) threat, have no need to fear any skeletons, not as long as we approach the game with the focus needed.
Aston Villa is looking “good” appearing to be safe for the moment from the drop through the dreaded trapdoor to the Championship league. Their game in the final will depend a lot on if they truly escape the drop. It can give so much confidence to an already “starting to perform” team, or they could just be relieved and satisfied mentally and not give us any trouble.
On the other hand, if they do drop, there may be just enough pride to say, let’s go for it, with a nothing to lose energy to kickstart them on the final day or they may completely disintegrate.
So what have we really learned? Nothing except that Aston Villa can go either way, and it is probably best to consider them a real threat; do not underestimate them and be prepared for any surprises they may throw at us.
We all want to retain it, in fact it would be better if they had a new cup made, we’re keeping this one.
So, let’s get to the summer. Clubs are wheeling and dealing already, rumours are flying and everyone, well most are excited, and will be excited until the window closes, and it has not even opened yet. I read that VanGaal said, “United players are going to have to accept that more players will be bought and there will be increased competition”. I wonder if this is straight up or just his way of saying, “Some of you are not up to what I need, you better start making plans, you know who you are.”
Now in contrast listen to our manager saying, “I like Depay of course, but Arsenal does not need him, we have many players in that position already.”
What can our players take from this statement? Of course they do not even need to think about it 🙂 they already have to concentrate on being fit in order to get into the team. Still they know that they cannot relax, one slip and someone else takes your place.
Are they any players at Arsenal who are worried? I suppose from recent events and rumours it appears to be Chezzy who would have grounds to be worried, but he already would know that, if he is serious about being #1, and I guess he is either going to step up mentally and put pressure on Ospina or fade away after leaving Arsenal because he made the wrong decision. Ospina is there for that purpose too, to push him so we shall see.
I hope Chezzy steps up another level and does not become impatient. He has already achieved much beyond his years and needs to learn other things too.
So, we come to the Champions League for next season. Many are shouting, now is the time to get a few more top players to challenge for CL. On face thought, that may seem correct, but many of these people probably do not watch CL teams and their performances. When I watch these teams like Barca, RM, Bayern, PSG, Juventus etc. I know we can beat any of them. Our team has grown in stature. Of course with any additions Arsene Wenger makes we will only get stronger.
I think Arsenal’s next goal is the PL trophy, not that it is more important than CL, but for the moment it is to us really, we are in UK and that is the top trophy here, so now we want to start taking that back home too.
Still, being in CL and being able to beat any of those teams, we have a good chance of going to the final again and winning it, but we need a big squad of good players, with no filler players, but players who see the dream before their personal glories, players who settle to live comfortably with their families and become Arsenal rather than chasing, always chasing more money.
There are not many of them about, that’s what makes it so hard to find those sort of players, but of those type of players only some will give the dream the time of a contract or two, then they may get nervy and move on.
What we will plainly see in summer is who and what type of player Wenger buys, this will probably be in direct relation to who will be most likely to leave Arsenal, many of us have different players in mind who are likely to go.
Fact is, we do not really need anyone as I see it. I’m not letting the blips of Chezzy tell me that we need another GK. If Wenger buys someone , it is because he will know where we need him, something that I for once can’t see not being privvy to more information.
So we come to Theo. Theo Theo.
From Arsenal website 08 May 2015 we can read,
On whether he plans to talk to Walcott at the end of the season…
Yes. We are already talking to him.
On whether Arsenal have to sell if Walcott doesn’t sign…
Today I’m not in that kind of mode of thinking because I just think I want him to stay. When you go into negotiations with a player it is with a desire for him to stay. He looks keen to do it and I am keen to do it, so let’s see what comes out.
On whether he feels he has to sell him…
The press is always focusing on what you do in case of failure. We are always in the mode where we want to be successful. In case of failure, we’ll see but in case of failure – that will only be in December next year.
My view of all that?
We are talking to Theo but there is no progress, stalemate really. We want him to stay on our terms he wants to change the terms, we are negotiating till the end of season, if we (Arsenal) fail that can only be next year (when Theo’s contract is up).
So it looks like Theo will be at Arsenal till the end of his contract whether he signs or not. Brendon Rodgers said the same thing about Sterling, but he said it in oh such a threatening way. We can only hope that Theo does not take it as an assault on him and react in a defiant way.
I have read many things about Theo, his work rate defending and much more. I for one hope Theo gets his head back fully at Arsenal, work to improve himself all the time and does not let fame turn his head for any length of time. Come on Theo, you need Arsenal as much as Arsenal wants you.
Anyway, that’s me done. I just wanted to write some of the thoughts going through my head at one time or the other. Don’t take it all too (or do) seriously.
How do you all see Arsenal’s progress untolding (oh could’nt resist 🙂 it) next season?