Saturday 24 November 2012

No league silverware for Arsenal - just jaded

Whatever happened to the concept of Arsenal challenging for the league? That silverware looks even more beyond us after another jaded performance, this time in a scoreless draw at Aston Villa. Tony Adams posed a question about which Arsenal do the fans want back. I think most just want a team that doesn't accept fourth for first in the league. He, incidentally, doesn't think Arsenal will finish in the top 4. I think that's a tad alarmist, on his part. An away draw is not a bad result if 4th is the height of our aspiration, which it seems to be until FFP kicks in! Personally, I don't think FFP ever will kick in properly, but that's the dream we're being sold. The future is when we'll compete again. It won't be this season. Not in the league at least. Ivan Gazidis made it sound like the money from the new Emirates deal will be in place by the summer to help fund new additions. He said that we've kept our powder dry, so one or two players could come to the club in January, if Wenger wants that. We know full well, we'll try to manage on a shoe string. We also know we might win the Capital One Cup. We have a chance of that. And surely, we know we should finish in the top 4. We're really not as lousy as Adams is making out. Trouble is, we're not that good either.

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