Trouble is we lost 5 of them, and that makes us the biggest non-winners of trophies in the last 14 years as well, not including titles we missed out on.
So we win the FA Cup in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005, impressive. However we lost the UEFA cup final, the FA Cup final to Liverpool, the Champions league final to Barca and now two league Cup finals.
So is your cup half empty or half full? Some would say at least we were in them and some may say it’s unacceptable and are Arsenal perennial chokers?
Me, I find it hard to take that long walk home after a final loss, the taunting, the piss taking and the amount of money I had laid out.
I also find it sickening when for the 8th time this season, the players apologise and the manager tells us we have great mental strength and the players will learn from this, so what exactly have they learned this season? How can he say we have great mental strength when we constantly buckled in games and how can he say we have great intelligence when Diaby gets sent off like a spoiled child and costs us 2 points and 2 players do what cost us a final on Sunday, I could go on.
I tell you what though, we the fans have learned that at least 5 of our squad are crap and should be on the first boat out in May, on the up side though one player that always apologises needn’t, Jack Wilshere, what a star that boy is, and after Sunday, one of the few to come away with anything, Nasri and Robin the others.
As for Chezzer, yes he did make a carbon copy error like his mate Flappy did, but I would sooner persevere with him, than the other two, he will one day be world class, our manager won’t spend so we should keep the faith with him.
We have to watch Chamakh and Bendtner run around like headless chickens while a real goalscorer in loanee Carlos Vela bangs them in at WBA, odd that.
We need to sit down and take stock, I think we are too predictable and got beaten by Birmingham in the same manner as we beat Barca, too arrogant, we were even debating whether or not Cesc should lift the trophy, blimey, win it first.
We have time to get our season back on track, starting tomorrow, beat Orient and then pick up 3 points on Saturday and who knows, the mancs aren’t better than us on our day, so we could beat them both times.
What we are becoming though is a team of hamstrung injured players, coincidence or training, we don’t by hamstrung players, yet we get these injuries every few games, what gives Arsene?
We announced a loss yesterday, why? It seems that we are paying massive salaries and that’s costing us, maybe it’s time to be realistic Arsene, yes I know if we want to keep the Cesc’s of this world we have to lay out large, same with RVP and Samir, but what are we paying the likes of Denilson, Squillaci, Eboue, Fabianski and Almunia? I thought the idea of moving stadium was to compete, well we don’t appear to be buying and yet we still lose money, let’s not go there, Pedro covered that last week, the full details are on the AST site, but lets decide whether we want to win trophies or be a business model for turning over cash and turning out profits, maybe even pay a dividend, like other big corporations do. Now that’s a proper business.
We have way too many youngsters in our squad and we don’t need that many, it’s crazy, most of them never make it, we have 18 out on loan and it’s just nonsense when it stops us buying in ready made talent. It’s like we buy every young talent to stop the others having them and work on the law of averages that one or two will make it.
Finally I was discussing this on Sunday with a pal, we should insert a pay as you play clause in all player salaries, if they are injured, they have to claim on their insurance, we have way too many players that are paid for sitting on their arses and yes the prime offender is Diaby, now Arsene, tell me what he adds, except debt, he’s been with us as long as Theo and how many games has he played? At least we made £19.5mil profit on Ade, who joined at the same time, how much would we get for Diaby?
Have a nice day Grovers, tomorrow is redemption day.