Another weekend of English Premier League football is here again, yea! At the moment though, it is one that we Arsenal fans anticipate with considerable and justified fear. We go to Goodison Park to contest an in-form Everton team who we would rather not be playing at this time. Everton has won the last four (4) league games scoring eleven (11) goals while Arsenal has only won one (1) drawn two (2) and embarrassingly losing one (1). History has been on our side though; we have always had a good result against them; trashing them seven (7) goals to nil and lately won four (4) to one (1). That said and done and despite the feeling, this is the match we need to prepare for, it should be a good contest.
We have come through a run of turbulent fixtures; fixtures that the critics had prophesied would derail our championship ambitions (remember the hullabaloo about February and March fixtures). Regrettably they are now saying “I told you so”. The tables have certainly turned. Once we were the envy of all; sitting on the lofty heights of the premier league table, now we seem to squabble for the spoils of fourth place; the last champion’s league spot (where one would have to qualify to be in). We can still save our season by winning the FA cup. This is a trophy that is within our grasps if the right team plays on the day and we play to our abilities. Then the curse of a trophy drought will be all over, yea!
Looking back at our season though, our performances does not deserve this bitter sweet ending. We have played some gutsy and entertaining football. The league this year has been the toughest yet and we’ve beaten some tough opponents (West Ham, Newcastle to name a few) even at times when we were not at our best performance; our defensive and scoring record speaks to it. Our mistakes this season has been: not wining when it mattered most (Everton, Southampton Swansea even Chelsea). We can argue all day: Wenger didn’t buy this and Wenger didn’t buy that, injuries to this player and injuries to that player, but it boils down to who is present; who are the players that need to step up and play the part they came for.
These are the same players that harboured winning intentions in the good times, they need to dig deep and revive that confidence that winners are made of. We have players with the skill, technicality and creative ability to fight and save our season. Fans it does not help when we discredit the team it encourages when we support them; cheer them on; give them the boost. Six games are remaining, six games to fight, six winnable matches that can cause something to happen if other teams drop points. So come on you gunners, let’s make this happen.