Happy good Monday to you!
I had a great post lined up. Then work got in the way. I can’t sneak off yet and write posts. Don’t worry though, I’ll learn the tricks soon enough. They won’t hold me back…
All I wanted to say today is…
Which is excellent. It puts us in the driving seat for second place. Like it or lump it, that’s pretty major progress considering how terrible our start was. I think that’d be the first time in 10 years we’ve hit those dizzy heights.
You really need to enjoy that. It’s runners up. It’s not a win, but it’s getting closer.
Again, the trouble is that it absconds Wenger from a full inquiry into how bad the start of the year was… and it kind of upsets, because if he’d paid attention and done thing properly from the start, it wouldn’t have been such a cake walk for Chelsea.
He really needed a Schneiderlin and a Gabriel. Hopefully, this summer, he’ll learn and address what he needs early.
We need a keeper. Cech would be perfect.
We need a Schneiderlin. People are saying we don’t because of Coquelin. Please. If Coquelin had been discovered at the start of the year, he’d have been broken by now. We need two players who can play that role. Those two would be perfect.
We also need someone to replace Theo, who, let’s be honest, is on the way out. Hopefully that’s Dybala.
The rest seems to be sorting itself out, slowly. We seem to have more of a game plan about us… even though it’s landed in spurts. I’d like to be convinced we’ve turned the corner, but we still have a Monaco in the locker. We still have a Spurs there too. Still, we’ll find out against an in form United and Chelsea in a few weeks.
The fitness has improved. Part of me hopes Shad has got more say and he’s working magic. The cynic worries our players get injured in 3 month cycles… and so many of our players only landed back in the team at Christmas. Still, the players look strong and fit at the moment. Be interesting to see what happens when we come back next year.
There are loads of big questions. I do remember feeling buoyant like this the last 3 years running though. I do remember predicting in early December this would happen and we’d all feel like this.
So, positives everywhere… but the cynic is still there. Lurking. Is this really change? Or is it just a disappointing season wrapped in a great finish. As per usual…
We’ll wait and see.
More from me, tomorrow, in the morning.
Have a grand evening.