By Walter Broeckx
Deep inside I wouldn’t have minded Chelsea having a draw at Leicester. Let that sink in. Even I don’t mind Chelsea not losing…that is something new I must admit. Now after they lost I didn’t mind them losing again. It was just that I was hoping for Leicester to make their first stumble. And to keep us in first place of course. But in the end I can live with Leicester beating Chelsea.
Now I must say that Leicester surely are having an amazing season. Only one defeat so far this season. A defeat they suffered against Arsenal. We went to the King Power stadium and beat them 2-5. In fact we were the first team to beat them when they were on an unbeaten run going back to the season before. At the time we thought it natural to go and win there. But since then, this win has taken on a different perspective. We have beaten for the first and still only time this season a team that is flying like they never did before.
The pundits must be scratching their heads collectively now. Didn’t they all predict that Leicester would be the team that would go down together with the new teams that had gone up to the PL? Yes they did. Well once again they are shown up for what they really are and know: nobodies and know-nothings. And I’m loving it very much. Now of course I don’t think even the most optimistic Leicester fan would have dreamed of the league scenario up to now. But they can enjoy it.
And that brings us to their opponent from last night: Chelsea. Another pundits’ failure. They won the league last season with an overwhelming ease, so the pundits told us before the start of the season they would do it again. Simple. Simple as their thoughts. Simple as their brains work.
Mourinho, the special one with a special fixation on Wenger is clearly losing the plot. In a way after losing yesterday, going out and blaming your players is showing his desperation. He is desperate to get sacked. Of course he talks about hoping that the board will stand behind him but that is just blah blah blah. He has never faced such a spell and is clearly not able to turn things around. And blaming your players for not making enough effort is slowly showing that he realises he has lost the dressing room.
The only thing that keeps him in the job for the moment is the money that Chelsea and Abramovitch have to pay him when they sack him. Even for Chelsea standards it is a bit too much for them. But hey, it was them that signed the contract so I’m not complaining about the situation. I find it rather funny.
What I don’t find so funny is the fact that because of the antics we have seen from Mr. Dean in our match at Stamford Bridge he gave them 3 extra points. If you take those away from their total points, even give them 1 point for a draw… then they really would be in a relegation position. If Dean had done what the FA confirmed he should have done and send Costa off and let Gabriel on, we would have at least earned a draw if not won the match. That would have given us 3 extra points and first place and would have send Chelsea to 19th place level with Sunderland. Their next opponent by the way. A real relegation top match is on…
Did any pundit predict this scenario? No, of course not. But as they are the experts, why didn’t they see this coming? Maybe because they are not that great experts after all? Somehow Chelsea and Leicester have swapped places and nobody of the pundits had seen this coming. They simply are not worth listening too.
But what the downfall of Chelsea and Mourinho prove is just another example on how difficult it is to keep a team close to the top for such a long period as Wenger has done with Arsenal. Manchester United has had their misery season and are still suffering as they have been since Ferguson left. And Manchester United have money to burn. Their own money but still lots of money to burn and to buy new players. Alas they didn’t read Untold well enough and now have found out that lots of transfers are failures.
And Chelsea… the champions of last season who even added “outfield players” to their already strong team. Money to burn is even a pale description to describe them. Lots of money to burn. And so they did. I have been told that they have the second most expensive squad in the PL behind Manchester City. And they have done all what the experts and the aaa said that you need to do. Even spend some more, even when you are the champions. And the result… Chelsea playing a top match against Sunderland to avoid them entering the top 3 (if you start counting the league from bottom to top).
And here we are. Arsenal. And their manager. Wenger. All these years he got ridiculed for doing what no other team can do despite having all the money in the world to buy all the players they want. Wenger had no money but kept us in the top 4. All the abuse aimed at him all these years by fools who thought they could do better than him because they were experts in computer games. All those pundits who jumped on bandwagons in blaming Wenger but who never really were good enough to manage a pub team themselves. Shame on you!
In the difficult years after spending our money to build the Emirates we always have supported Wenger for his achievements of keeping us near the top. We also got abuse and were ridiculed. But I think that in this season it just becomes clearer and clearer even for the biggest Wenger haters, that it is not an easy job to have done what he has done. WITH NO MONEY AVAILABLE and fighting against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. If they don’t realise and admit now what an enormous job he has done, they are too blinded by hate or just stupid. For me Wenger has performed a labour of Hercules in keeping us in the top 4 all those years.
Mourinho of all people being the ultimate proof on how difficult a task this really was and still is. Is he being sacked already when this is published? Mourinho I mean of course….
15 December 1995 the European Court ruled the retain and transfer system introduced in 1893 following a court case involving Arsenal, was prohibited by Article 39(1) of the EC Treaty. Bosman had arrived and the world would never be the same again.
15 December 2000: Christopher Wreh sold to Al-Hilal. Although he kept Ian Wright out of the FA Cup Final, after Arsenal he is reported to have been to seven clubs, but played rarely. However Christopher has denied the many strange stories that have circulated about his life after Arsenal.
The Untold Books
Woolwich Arsenal the club that changed football, is now available on Kindle at £9.99. For more details and to buy a copyplease click here or go to Amazon Kindle and search forWoolwich Arsenal.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal
- The Arsenal Yankee By Danny Karbassiyoon
- Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970. By John Sowman. Introduction by Bob Wilson.