We live in a chaotic world. Nothing makes sense. Billionaire trust fund kids are promoted as saviours of the working class. Chunks of our society are bitching like snowflakes about the indignity of not being able to say mean things to people that don’t look like them. Football clubs are raking in hundreds of millions, but can’t justify a living wage for hard working locals.
… but in the melee of madness… Arsenal will always provide comfort and stability.
I’m not sure how genuine the ‘hope’ was this season. But it didn’t take long for the docile masses to realise Arsene Wenger hadn’t really changed much and the club we adore was in for a helluva season.
Things started well for hope. Young, beautiful, and unsullied. Our new signing nodded in a header from 9 yards in under two minutes. Bellerin controlled a switch of play out right, he rolled it into Elneney who dropped a precision first-time pass for Lacazette to bury with training ground ease. Wonderful, we thought.
‘This is different, lads’
… said ‘that fan’ you’ve suffered listening to for ten years, despite consistently shocking predictions about the 2nd coming of Wenger.
Within 3 minutes, hope had been shackled and spanked. Mcguire of all people kept a ball in at the back post, Cech tried to cover, but Ozaki nodded into the net with, brushing Xhaka’s meek defence with embarrassing ease.
Hope by now had slipped into muscle memory, fans slumped in seats watched as Granit ‘100% HIPSTER FOOTBALL ICON’ Xhaka made another big mistake, passing to a figment of his imagination, allowing Albrighton to pounce, cross, and let Vardy in to score.
We equalised before half-time, Lacazette and Kolasinac combining to offer Danny Welbeck the most gift wrapped of goals that he still needed two touches to finish. Bless him, he really needed that goal, hopefully, we see a more decisive version of him moving forward.
Anyway, it didn’t matter. The same old Arsenal was there for all to see. Jamie Vardy pushed Leicester into the lead in the second half with an unchallenged header from a corner. Arsene Wenger dabbled in some mad in-game tinkering. Two left backs played in the middle of defence, we had a right back at left back and we put a midfielder at right back. Literally no centre backs on the field of play. Wenger dropping Elneney to the bench despite trying him at CB in preseason.
Baffling though it was, Rambo tucked in a nicely taken goal from a chipped Xhaka pass. The Welshman had no blue shirts on him, but the finish really was top notch. Then to cap it off, Giroud placed a header in off the upright, under the weight of two bully boy Leicester players trying to beast him to the floor with dark art thuggery.
We took the three points, but the message of our season had been delivered. Our formation isn’t as strong as we’d hoped. Our midfield is grossly underprepared. Our approach to defending as a team is still a total shambles. Such a shame as well, because we have a lot of talent at our disposal, it really should be working harder.
Conceding three goals to Leicester at home simply isn’t good enough. But this is Arsenal. We’re in the race for the top 6 and I have the feeling we’ve summoned the spirit of Newcastle under Kevin Keegan 1996. We will have wildly spectacular games. Granit Xhaka will look like a hero in some moments. Ozil will turn superhero vision when he’s feeling it. We’ll have Sanchez moments. We certainly have a player in Lacazette, who is a ferret of a striker, hiding in the blindspots ready to pounce on any opportunity to feast. Our formation will serve up excitement when it’s in the mood. No doubt.
… but we have to be real. If you don’t base your footballing philosophy in 2017, you’ll struggle. If you finish 5th in 2016, adding 2 players is not going to push you to the next level. If pressing is optional, you might have an attitude issue. If you roll into a season with 6 important players with one year left on their deal, you might not get the maximum out of their talents, and that ‘fuck it attitude’ might infect the rest of the squad. If you have a manager everyone knows is done, players will be on 80%, give or take 20% dependent on the occasion.
The result was great today, but we created an acid rave at a kids balloon party. Too much craziness, too much drama, but all the same old problems.
This year will be a slog, but tell me something you all didn’t know already?