Welcome to a LATE Sunday post. I went upstate this weekend and chopped some wood. Also heard that the Irish are laying claim to the fry-up in Hudson, please… I can’t be having that.
Anyway, right back into it. We had the weekend fixture off, and now we’re sitting in 4th. Spurs pushed up into 2nd place, Chelsea maintained their lead after a Flapianski disaster, so there we are. There’s something wonderfully comforting knowing your place in 4th. I’d be a little less concerned about it, but we now have a trophied United slugging it out for us.
Jose Mourinho is the master of the league cup. He loves to use it as a way to galvanise his teams around winning ways. It’s important for them, especially considering the expensive overhaul going on over there. The league should really be the goal, and Jose will know that top 4 is an absolute requirement for him, and I know that he’ll be relishing pushing Wenger out of that race for the first time in years.
Do I really care about top 4 this year? Well, as a Gooner, of course, I do, it’s a pride thing. Part of me wonders whether it really matters these days, because bar the money, which I don’t care about as a fan (or shouldn’t), it’s been getting in the way big time. It keeps Wenger in a job, it tires our players and we have absolutely no chance of winning it under the direction Arsene ‘have a good time, lads’ Wenger.
Martin Keown reckons Spurs, who are 2 places ahead of us in the league, are 10 years behind us.
“They’re 10 years behind Arsenal”
“The Wembley effect, we did that, and it was never going to be successful for them.’
“I don’t think Spurs fans should get too far ahead of themselves. They have a smaller squad, and that’s due to financial constraints.”
I’m kind of struggling here. I’m not quite sure anyone can be 10 years behind Arsenal, because bar moving stadium, we’ve not really done a lot. Or is he saying they’re ten years behind us because a stadium build is hard?
Even there I’m struggling. Spurs will move into that ground, new money will pour in straight away and I’m pretty sure they’re in a far better financial position than we were at the time. I’ve not read in too many places that they’re going to have to fund the move by selling their best players every year? So not sure how we landed there.
If anything, they’re on the up with a progressive manager, that should be the worry.
Finally, we turned a profit this year. Hooray! More details here.