How can Arsenal’s season be deemed successful?

WTTGT Writer: Vivek Arulnathan

In over the seven years I’ve been an Arsenal fan, there has never been such a grim situation surrounding Wenger and his boys. I thought there would never be a sadder moment than Thierry Henry’s departure to Barcelona, but I was clearly wrong. Arsenal have played their poorest football in over 15 years this season and there is a general sense of fear creeping into the minds of Arsenal fans about the current state of affairs at the club.

While the most common phrase to describe Arsenal has been the ‘six year since a trophy…’ I feel that fans have started to realise that losing our place among the Champions League elite is a more pressing concern than the perceived ‘trophy drought’. And, with Wenger pretty much writing off Arsenal’s chances in the league, where can Arsenal fans realistically look for success this season? Should we concentrate on the domestic cups rather than finishing as high as possible in the league? Will a League Cup win and 5th place finish place in the league be enough to label the season a successful one?

Well, that depends on how realistic and ambitious you are. Given our current situation, I personally feel that it would be wonderful if we could achieve that. With us sitting 15th in the league at the moment, a 5th place finish at the end of the season would be a great achievement. And, a cup win will certainly be a huge confidence boost for our young squad and will bring a winning mentality that only comes with silverware. The ‘six year….’ tag will be gone and we all know that it is something Arsenal’s fans want to get off their backs.

But, we’ve got to realise that concentrating on domestic cup success will only come at a costly prize. We’ll most probably fail to qualify for the Champions League unless we are completely focused on the league and that would be disastrous. Even though we are highly unlikely to qualify anyway, we’ve got to at least give it our best shot. Very few top players will play for a club that cannot offer Champions League football and we all know that Arsenal certainly need a few top players coming in to get back to their old glory. So, how are we going to attract players if we finish fifth? And, there is also a good chance of our top players leaving Arsenal if we fail to qualify. Can we really afford to lose the few top class players left at the club?

There is the financial side to it as well. Gazidis might be confident that Arsenal will survive even without CL football, but missing the elite European tournament means the loss of significant marketing benefits for the brand Arsenal apart from the £30m+ revenue it brings. Living in India, I can tell you that Liverpool has lost so many of its followers over here these past two years and that is largely due to lack of CL football. In Arsenal’s self sustained financial model, there is no place for such a huge loss of marketing and monetary benefits.

So, I personally would like Arsenal to keep concentrating on finishing as high as possible in the league and qualifying for the Champions League. We would make our rebuilding process a lot easier in that way.

If it starts to look impossible, Arsenal should bloody well finish ahead of the Spurs at least and also try to secure a domestic cup. We’ll probably have to start from scratch and cope without CL nights. But I’ll still call it a successful season, nevertheless, especially if we consider the current state of affairs.

If this season is to be labeled a successful one, Arsenal will have to qualify for the Champions League or at least end their six year trophy drought. 

You’ve got to be an eternal optimist if you want to be a happy Gooner!



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5 Responses to How can Arsenal’s season be deemed successful?

  1. pablo October 9, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    As an Arsenal fan. I have said for the last 6 years that if or when we drop out of the champions league spot and possibly out of the europa cup spot, not winning a trophy for 6 years will seem insignificant. Would you go another trophyless year this season in exchange for a CL position. Of course you would!

  2. [email protected] October 9, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    The best we can hope for is NOT to get relegated and the Directors accept the club needs a complete management change before 2012/13. Hence and at last a proper balance between attack / defence … technique / strength …. youth / experience … passing / shooting … set piece / open play. . And play players in their best positions …. not wherever Wenger needs them to fit into his one and only formation – despite their not being suited !!

  3. [email protected] October 14, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I may not be the hardcore fan of Arsenal. But I do like Arsenal players, the style of playing, the joy of watching football, Arsene to a certain extent till now. I have already criticized Arsenal in the beginning of the season of not achieving what Arsenal can do. For the past 6 seasons, at least 2 to 3 seasons, Arsenal can lift the EPL Trophy and even the closest CL trophy too. Just missing the extra finishing, consistency and injuries at the critical time. No doubt there are enough talents and Arsene has done an excellent job. But over the years we have seen missing out buying certain key players who may have cost Arsenal just a few more millions. Rather we bought someone average and save a couple of millions hoping that it works. Like what I said before not asking we going to spend 30 to 40 millions per season. But when its time to do it, just get it, rather waiting and haggling and at last minute big clubs eyeing the same players and bidding war begins.

    This season, I do not expect mush, so long Arsene MUST BUY 1 or 2 KEY STRONG players to add to the present SQUAD! A pure STRIKER + A LEADER MIDFIELDER!. We have a few overrated players, get rid of those, the new players need time to settle and know each other well. The key for this season is to stay in Champion League, let the new guys and this new team to gel together better and perhaps we will have a shot next season.

    So this season's objective Stay in CL and trash our RIVALS! This team needs more encouraging and confidence. Thats all I hope for this season.

  4. [email protected] October 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Arsenal will qualify for the champions league and will also end their trophy drought by winning either of the fa cup or carling cup. Gooner4ever!!!

  5. I rarely drop remarks, however i did some searching and wound up here How can Arsenal

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