So we have a nice two-day break until the Newcastle game on Saturday. Excellent, that means you can have a wild New Years Eve… on me.
Good news on the injury front.
Flamini is back.
Pause for breath.
Arteta is NEARLY back.
Also Jack Wilshere, Wenger insists, could be back for February. No doubt he will, he’ll want to playing in Euro 2016. It’ll be interesting to see whether he can string that many months together without another breakdown.
Wenger also busted out some stats about the team that is top on New Year’s day usually go on to it. I think we’re one of the few over the last ten years to have to accolade of being top New Years and NOT taking the pleasure of winning it.
He also spoke about mentality, something we’ve questioned on here all season…
“You question our mentality, I don’t,”
“We have to rise above that and show that we can deal with all that and I believe we have to be guided by playing better football and being a real team in every game and show that we can be competitive.”
Not really much of a defence. The only answer to showing that we do have great mental capabilities is indeed winning the league. I’d take that slice of ‘up yours’ all day if the manager could whip the boys into winning the league this year.
What I am getting pretty bored of is this insistence that this is ‘our time’… if it passes us by, say hello to another ten year drought.
What makes anyone think United will get it right next year? Or that Chelsea are a new manager away from romping the league? I mean, we’re in the mix because we’ve been, in the main, really good most of the season. The reason we’ve been good is because we have a settled team, we’ve worked on our backroom weaknesses, finally paid attention to the opposition and we have some very good players hitting their prime.
That’s not a fluke. We’d be up there this season even if Chelsea were firing on all cylinders.
So sure, this season is a great opportunity, but I don’t think there’s a luck in other teams being bad… I think you have to give credit to other teams around them using that money they’ve received really, really well.
I’ve always been told that not enough credit is given to lower level clubs and their managers who do more with less money. Now we’re starting to see that actually, when you give smaller clubs more money, they do more with it because that’s how they’re used to working. They’re more efficient, they think about where the cash is going and now we’re starting to see that work. Look at Spurs quietly coming up behind the pack. They’re massively under the radar, but you can’t deny they’re now a threat this season.
Anyway, it’s New Years Eve, thanks for joining us again in 2015, and here’s to an incredible trophy laden 2016!
HAVE FUN x