Tuesday 31st May 2011
For purely football reasons, unless anything went in our favour up at Bolton last Sunday, the trip to Craven Cottage was always going to be a bit of a non-event. On the other hand, off the field it is an away game that always proves immensely entertaining, even if you ignore the excuse that it was our last outing of another season!
Over the last few years it has become a fixture that for many Gooners includes a trip along our capital city's river. With demand being higher than ever a second boat also set sail from Westminster with a full four hours of fun 'n' frolics to look forward to.
If nothing else, after an incredibly frustrating season it gave all of those present a chance to let their hair down in an altogether thoroughly relaxing way. And from what I can recall, we did just that!
The game itself arguably gave a perfect summary of our season. More goals conceded, more goals scored and ultimately two points less than we set out to take away before a ball was kicked.
To be honest however, with nothing but pride at stake at least it wasn't a boring 0-0 draw and it made up a small part of what was always going to be an entertaining day for those who wanted it to be.
It did bring down the curtain on a season that promised so much as we headed into 2011, yet ultimately produced nothing but disappointment and frustration in the latter stages. There isn't really any other way we can describe it.
Mr Wenger has suggested it could be a busy summer and time will certainly tell how that develops. Tightening up our defensive qualities as a team is surely the No 1 priority. There are many games this season that confirm that.
The best thing about being a football fan is that when one season finishes, whatever the outcome, we can all look forward to the next one!
As we head into the summer break trips to Malaysia, China and Germany have already been announced as we prepare ourselves for an early season that will include a tough Champions League qualifier. Twice before we have been in that situation so we know what to expect.
For now however, social activities involving aspects such as the sound of leather on willow, music festivals and the beach are calling!
Thanks once again for all your e-mails and comments throughout the season.
Keep the faith and enjoy the break!
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