By Walter Broeckx
When I write an article I usually give my own thoughts on the things that I see. This time I am going to take the liberty to do otherwise.
When I was watching the Wigan game at home on my sports channel we had a match commentator and it wasn’t the normal one we have. The usual one is a guy who we Arsenal fans don’t like very much as he is one who is always negative in his approach. This time we had another one.
A match commentator is the person who normally is being someone who keeps perspective and is supposed to be neutral in his commentary job.
And around the 70th minute he began with a match summary as he thought the game was over, like our players did actually.
He said: If you look back at the season from Arsenal it really is amazing. They had so many injured players out and still they have a very good chance of winning the title.
He said: Arsenal have been written off many times, even before the season started, and during the season every time when they lost to Chelsea and even this week after the defeat against Tottenham. But still they came back and fought their way back in to it.
And he continued : and the most amazing thing maybe is that after losing to Tottenham, after losing Van Persie for most of the season, after losing Bendtner for more than 3 months, and even after losing Gallas, Cesc, Song, Ramsey in the last weeks, and even losing Vermaelen and Denilson this week, they still are able to win in Wigan who have won against Chelsea and Liverpool this season at home.
He was full of praise for the manager who has been able to overcome all those problems with this team and hold them in the title race.
This is what this person said between the 70th and the 80th minute. It was not me, no it was someone who is being paid to watch football games and to keep a general view on things.
I think I can agree with the things he said. This was our season until the 80th minute of the game, and then it all fell to pieces.
Who is to blame ?
That same manager from the 77th minute who has kept this team in the race despite all the injuries ?
The players that were 2-0 up until the 80th minute ? I think sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. I think the injuries have exhausted the team and the remaining players to much.
If you really want to blame Arsene Wenger for something it could be for the fact that he kept our hopes alive for such a long time. Yes, we could for now have been in the position where Liverpool finds themselves. They have had no title hopes for months.
We had them until the 79th minute of today’s game. I can imagine people willing to slaughter everyone out there but I think we can better try to remember this season as the season where we failed at almost the last hurdle. And that we failed with a team that was without it 7 strongest players and even had to play a player that has only had one EPL game before.
Failure is part of life, so is defeat. To win the league with a team that we had on the field would be impossible for the moment, but with 7 other players on the field or on the bench is possible.
So now we just have to do what we have done before this season when we lost always 2 games in a row: dust ourselves off, get back on the field and win our next game, like we did against Wigan, Stoke and Liverpool earlier this year.
Come on you Gunners, give it your best and remember a game is only over when the ref blows the final whistle.
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