Before I get started on today’s post I just want to thank everyone for their kind words on yesterday’s season launch post. The enthusiastic support I received for my plans for the season were most appreciated and although my beard received mixed reviews, I’m really excited about the potential of this blog going forward. I won’t add anymore just now because I’ll probably have a teary…
Anyway, it’s Tuesday again and that of course means another Guest Post. I’ll speak about today’s post in more detail in just a moment but before then it’s a very quick Arsenal news round-up:
- Philippe Senderos’ move to Everton has been confirmed by the Swiss Football Federation. It was inevitable and although I’ll speak a bit more about the impact of this move when it is confirmed by Arsenal.com, in short it means we have to (repeat x 10) sign another centre-back. Interesting times await.
- Tomas Rosicky thinks we’re in a stronger position than last season despite the exits of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure. He would say that, the cheeky little devil, but in many respects I agree with him.
- Meanwhile, Bacary Sagna has been speaking about how much of a boost it is to have Rosicky back. Can you feel the love? I can. It feels good.
- Bordeaux’s president has confirmed that Arsenal have made a €7 million bid for Marouane Chamakh and that he will not be selling him unless the bid is at least doubled. In my opinion €14 million+ for a player of Chamakh’s reputation is simply not worth it considering the attacking options we currently have and I’d be very surprised (and disappointed) to see us go much higher than the original bid.
And that’s really it – onto Guest Post Tuesdays.
Today’s guest post comes from regular reader The Next RVP who lives in Milton Keynes in the UK. He’s undoubtedly the youngest guest poster I’ve had on the blog so far but displays a very reasonable and rational (and positive!) view of Arsenal’s current situation in his article entitled ‘In Arsene We Trust’.
Anyway, I’m off to run around at football training in my new ‘Djourou 20’ Arsenal home kit complete with shorts and socks. I hope you enjoy and if The Next RVP inspires you to get out your pen (or laptop) and write an article then make sure you follow the details at the end of the post to get in touch with me. Cheers.
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In Arsene We Trust by The Next RVP
Victoria Concordia Crescit, which is Latin for “victory comes with harmony”, is the long standing motto that is embedded into the history of Arsenal. The motto goes hand-in-hand with the club’s current playing style, which was introduced by Arsene Wenger back in 1996. When he joined the club as a relatively unknown manager with two stints in Japan and France under his belt, I doubt many of us saw the prosperity he’d bring to Arsenal.
Wenger turned things around at the club with a brand new training regime and a new style of play. His new style of play brought fluidity, movement and grace to each and every attack – something that Arsenal supporters hadn’t seen before. And although there were doubters and those who claimed that “passing the ball into the net” wasn’t efficient, most of us were happy with the more than occasional with the success it brought. It made “1-0 to the arsenal” an almost forgotten theme; with Wenger’s football 1-0 just wasn’t enough.
The Frenchman made an array of signings early on in his career (such as Henry, Viera, Overmars, and Petit) which laid the foundation for his success. The smart signings continued and slowly so did the trophies, starting off with the double (Premiership and FA Cup) in 97/98 and another double back in the season of 01/02, made famous by Sylvain Wiltord’s winner at Old Trafford and Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg’s FA Cup belters against Chelsea.
Wenger lifted the FA Cup again in 02/03 before delivering, in my opinion, what deserves to be viewed as the pinnacle in English football; a 38-game unbeaten season with ‘The Invincibles’. Only one other team (Preston North End, way back in 1883) had accomplished the feat but in completely different times in a completely different type of competition.
Maybe it was Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s injury time missed penalty, or beating Chelsea twice, or thumping Liverpool 4-2, or Arsenal clinching the title at Spurs, but the magic that still shrouds that unforgettable season will never be forgotten. “In Arsene we trust” and at that point – more than ever before – we all did.
Since then however, things have slowly gone slowly downhill. Arsenal had reached the top and had to come down to earth at some point. The unbeaten streak came to a halt at 49 games against Manchester United and defeat was a bitter taste that rudely greeted us all. All was not lost though as Arsenal once again lifted the FA Cup in 2005 – but with Vieira’s match- winning penalty came the end of an era.
During the following off-season we saw the departure of Vieira to Juventus for a fraction of what he was actually worth. Henry followed in 2007 and with those two losses went the leadership quality that Arsenal so desperately need. Since then there has been the silverware drought with Arsenal coming agonizingly close on a number of occasions, but never quite close enough. Increasing numbers of fans have turned against the club and become tired with one transition season after another. And some have begun to trust Arsene less than ever before.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel and we must realize that it is unfair to heap the blame on one man’s shoulders. When clubs come calling with more money than us the departure of top players is inevitable. Hleb, Flamini, Adebayor – just to name a few – left for the sort of money that our club just cannot give.
However, as with every year since Wenger took over there comes a crop of promising new youngsters and this season is no different. I strongly believe that this year could be the year and it’s time to repay Arsene for all he’s done in the past by putting our trust in him again.
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