Friday 10th December 2010
Before every season in recent times, we have entered four competitions. The FA Cup doesn't start until January but the other three get underway pretty much straight away. Like all fans of course, we hope our team can be as successful as possible on all fronts.
In a nine-month season timewise we are pretty much approaching the halfway stage now and only three 'achievements' are possible thus far. We could be leading the way in the Premier League, in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup and through to the last 16 (yet again) in the Champions League.
With the latter added on Wednesday night shouldn't we be nothing else but buoyant?!
Yet from some of your e-mails and a certain degree of the atmosphere I am experiencing around the grounds (especially at home) I still detect many of us are not totally happy! This concerns me a little.
Conversation with other teams' fans is very much part of this world we live in and one such occasion got me thinking this week. I am having some work done on my house and my carpenter is a fan of that blue lot from west London. He admitted the other day that, and I quote, "I am totally losing faith with my lot, the manager doesn't seem to have a clue!"
I couldn't help but smile internally but more than anything for me, I really hope this isn't how some of us Gooners sound when the odd result doesn't go our way! Until Roman arrived with his billions our west London neighbours had been a bit of a yo-yo club for many years with very little to celebrate and crowds on occasion not even reaching five figures. Their period of success at the highest level has very much arrived in recent times.
Those Chelsea fans who did follow their team home and away back then will squirm when hearing the above and to be honest to a certain extent it is just how I feel when some of our own fans make similar statements right now!
Looking at Partizan Belgrade's individual matches in this year's group they have always been well in games for about an hour. Only in the latter stages have games gone away from them. Overall Wednesday night was no different. We didn't struggle, but unlike our previous two home games in this competition we simply didn't thrash them out of sight. We created all the game's chances, we won the game 3-1 and we are through. Job done, it is as simple as that.
We know we haven't been at our best at home for a little while now but since losing to Spurs we have won all the three games we have played there. People talk about great teams winning when they are not playing well and hopefully this is a statement that will prove true in our case.
Nobody can predict how the season will pan out from here but at this very moment we simply couldn't be in a better position. No arguments, that is fact.
We go to Old Trafford on Monday in a great place, and us travelling Gooners can do our bit to help the team remain there.
It is high time we got positive!
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