Don’t worry kids, 2016 is close to being over, we’ve nearly seen the back of it. The footballing equivalent of finding yourself 4-0 down inside 12minutes with 9 men… it’s dragged, many have fallen to popped hamstrings, we’ve seen unfair goals given, overly harsh reds, but it’s nearly done… and to be honest, I’m tired of posting up tributes to celebrities I don’t care about on my Facebook page.
‘George, your creative genius passed my earbuds like twice in the last ten years, how will I cope? WHY DIDN’T MORE KNOW ABOUT YOUR GENEROSITY, THE MEDIA IS SICK!’
Where was the shoutout to Ray Tomlinson who invented e-mail? Vera Rubin who discovered dark matter? Henry Heimlich who, you know, invented a way of unchoking people? Howard Marks, what, Wales best drug smuggler? Those were the names that mattered…
From an Arsenal perspective, it’s been disappointing, but we’ve had mico-moments of joy this year, haven’t we?
My favourite memory stickers of the year sit with topping the league in January. Nothing quite like kicking a year off basking in hope like one of those massive sea lions on a rock… shame two minutes later, a massive wave crashed into the said rock with a killer whale ready there, waiting to gobble us up. In fact, it wasn’t even a massive killer whale, it was a Leicester sized one. Like being eaten by a flock of sick penguins or something.
Other memories I’ll never forget… watching Spurs power on and push Leicester some of the way to the end, only to collapse in the last few weeks, then embarrassingly pass us the 2nd place glory on the last day of the season. Listening to that all unfold in Guatemala early in the morning was supremely glorious. I think I enjoyed the sadness of my Spurs pals more than I enjoyed our previous 2 FA Cup wins combined. I’m serious too.
We also had a pretty interesting summer. I mean, it started well and took a while to crack into gear, but as summers go, dropping a load of cash and having a squad that at least looked real was pretty damn exciting. I still think we have a squad capable of doing something powerful this season, just, you know, same old, same old manning the ship.
This season has been ok so far, I mean, not amazing, but we’re 9 points off the top of the league in December, it won’t take much for us to close that gap in January providing we don’t do anything completely stupid. We also tanked Chelsea for the first time in living memory, sure we took them in their early stages and they’ve since won 13 on the bounce, but that’ll make it even more special at the end of the season if we win the league…
‘We beat the Champions twice last year and we’ve done the same this year’
Anyway, 2016 wasn’t that bad for Arsenal fans, hopefully 2017 will be better. We have a lot to look forward to. It looks like there’s at least a chance Arsene Wenger might can his career in and let someone new take over for a bit. Max Allegri from Juventus has apparently intimated he’d be interested in joining Arsenal and creating a dynasty. On paper it looks like that’d be a good option. He’s 49 years old, he’s created a bit of a force at Juventus, he’s a tactical specialist of the highest order and he knows exciting talent when he sees it.
With any new signing would come new players. You can’t imagine a new person coming in and not dropping at least £100m whilst shipping out a similar amount. Could be carnage, we could be wishing for the stability of Wenger in 2 years time, or we could just trust that we have a very good club these days and that someone will be able to come in and do better than him.
I think things are looking up.
In other news, the club is being heavily linked to Marco Reus as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez. Could have taken this a few years ago, but not now. He’ll be 28 by the time we sign him, a career ravaged by injury issues… just not sure that’s what you need to replace a robot? I’d hope we could persuade him to stay, but when you read Carlos Tevez is about to be made the world’s richest footballer in China taking home a whopping £615k pw, you have to wonder?
Sure, football is about trophies, but hey, it’s also about money. If someone puts cash like that your way, it’s hard to say no. Fingers crossed he’s not tempted.
Finally, you need to click this tweet and follow all the videos. @Liberobility has pulled together a list of the 10 best talents in Ligue One this year, complete with video analysis.
Click below and have a total nerd out.
Top 10 best talents in Ligue 1 (U21): #LBTalentIdentification
— DG (@Liberobility) December 26, 2016