By Michael Rocha: Premier League Lounge 5/21/13
The Arsenal Season
As the curtain closes on yet another Premier League season, some football experts might wonder, just how do Arsenal fans feel right about now. The Gunners finished fourth this season on the final day of the season. As Arsenal fans celebrated their success knowing that they’ll once again see Champions League football, one might think, has our expectations fallen?
Arsenal sold their top scorer Van Persie to Manchester United just before the season started. Arsenal fans seemed to have thrown the towel then. A constant cycle that happens every year, as Arsenal would sell their top players such as Fabregas, Nasri, Henry, and now RVP.
Arsenal needed to spend surely, and they did. They brought in Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, and Lukas Podolski. Some weren’t convinced however, placing the goal scoring reliability on Giroud, pressure on. Podolski was one of those players who could player as a striker, and a winger, smart purchase Wenger. Then there’s Santi Cazorla, a midfield piece that’s been missing ever since Fabregas left the club. All Arsenal fans could’ve said were…”Lets see what happens I guess.
Arsenal started off their Premier League campaign at home against Sunderland, the team impressed, Cazorla was just everywhere and quickly became loved by the fans. Arsenal looked good, defense was solid, Gervinho was back to his Lille days, and Arsenal was just the same Arsenal team controlling the game. But there was that one problem, Arsenal couldn’t score. Something Arsenal fans were afraid of.
Up and down results, Giroud was scoring, but he wasn’t scoring on a consistent basis. The Arsenal faithful knew they couldn’t charge for the title unless they had a consistent scoring striker. Well there was good news, Arsenal had multiple sources now. Theo Walcott had finally awakened his inner beast, and Santi Cazorla was just a nuisance to the opposition. To top it all off…Jack was back, surely fans can smile once again
Mid-season, injuries to Keiron Gibbs, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, and Tomas Rosicky. Arsenal were already fighting for a top-four spot, knowing the Premier League was out of sight. Eliminated from the Capital One Cup and FA Cup, all the Gunners had left fighting was their fourth place trophy and the Champions League. But then they’d get eliminated in that also, a tough fight against the now finalists Bayern Munich.
Struggling, hoping, praying, Tottenham more likely to beat them to that final Champions League spot. However, some luck spurred, poor results by Chelsea and Tottenham resulted in Arsenal to get back into the race. Constant victories for the Gunners would bring them all the way to third place, the highest they’ve been all season.
The final day, Arsenal were ahead of Tottenham by one point sitting in fourth place. Arsenal were visiting Newcastle, while Tottenham hosted Sunderland, both teams sitting in the bottom places of the table. Both fans held their hearts until a Koscielny header put Arsenal on the board. Tottenham fans aware of the news stood frozen. Time passed on and a wonder goal from Gareth Bale gave Tottenham the lead, now all they could hope for was a favor from Newcastle. However it wasn’t to be, Arsenal were gifted Champions League football once again. Celebration around the ground for their accomplishment, however is it really something to celebrate? Yes we’re back in the Champions League, but the tension is slowly rising. Arsenal are in need of a trophy to settle the fans down and to show that Arsenal are the world class team most people expect them to be. In Arsene We Trust.