Gooners – Don’t let the Bitterness Fester and take your hats off to Leicester



“We screwed our chances to win the title,” said Mesut Özil recently

Although I partially share the best play-maker in the world’s opinion, I feel many are actually overlooking or ignoring the amazing accomplishment Leicester City are on the brink of sealing.

Damning of Arsenal not of Leicester

Damning of Arsenal not of Leicester

It’s true that the potential 82 points Leicester could amass are far from being a record in the Premier League and would have resulted in being crowned champions only once in the past decade, however the Foxes harbour a great record against top-half teams and got some illustrious scalps – upsetting the odds more than once.

It hurts to see that we’ve managed to beat them home and away this season and yet we’re eleven points behind Claudio Ranieri and his men (with one game in hand) but this shouldn’t justify any recrimination towards Leicester City: they’ve been better than us all season long, period.

Ranieri and his men

Ranieri and his men

They regularly defeated so-called smaller teams.

They didn’t show any nerve when stakes were really high.

They transformed their stadium into a fortress.

They managed to keep their best players fit and firing.


Of course it is easier when you don’t play mid-week football and no one really expects anything from you, but not many of the players’ that are currently driving Leicester City towards a sporting miracle have much top-flight football experience and could have easily crumbled under the increasing anticipation of a truly epic journey.

The likes of Morgan, Mahrez, Vardy, Albrighton, Kanté and Drinkwater could have had their heads turned to big-money moves or could have unintentionally slowed down and settle for a spot in the next Champions League – instead they kept their heads cool and preserved their hunger and humbleness.

Still assisting

Still assisting

We can talk about decisions going their way but there’s nothing new under the sun and any team winning the league in recent years benefited some favourable referring decisions.

Do they spoil Leicester City imminent triumph more than City’s or Chelsea’s? I don’t think so.

Imagine being in Leicester City position, how would you reply to those saying that we’re winning because the league is poor?

Wouldn’t you mention that the team has amassed an amazing 91 points in a year, so far?

Wouldn’t you mention the away wins at Manchester City or Chelsea as evidences of the team’s credentials?

Wouldn’t you mention the fact that the team has the best home record in the league, the player of the year (Mahrez) and the second most-prolific striker in the league (Vardy)?

Everyone would and so do Leicester City fans.

They will win the league and they deserve it more than any other Club because they’ve been more consistent than any rival.

The truth is that Leicester City are on the verge of accomplishing what Arsène Wenger has tried to achieve for years, falling short every season, although with different margins: beat the oil-funded rivals in the title race and show that medals are not directly linked to the amount of money you invest but depends on getting the right players and working on your team’s attitude, togetherness, solidarity and spirit.

No team has ever won a medal for being less crap than its rivals and title wasn’t ours to take just because we’ve been slightly less disappointing than Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United; the title was there for the team that wanted it the most and that team was Leicester City.

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10 Responses to Gooners – Don’t let the Bitterness Fester and take your hats off to Leicester

  1. marco April 8, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    I beg to differ.I beliv dat solely playin fr d league helps a lot.AW tried to win d league wtout much investment but always came short but rem arsenal participated in oda competitns especially d champps league Whch in no small measure affcts players over d course of a I beliv u can’t compare

  2. Alex Field April 8, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    Nonsense marco the silly old wunt of a manager is a stale fool and has ballsed it up the senile old goat couldnt win the league even if it was the only competition we were in the daft twonk

  3. Emilio Zorlakki April 8, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    Agree with most points Andrea,but although I admire Leicester’s achievement,I still think the league is not won yet!If us or Spurs continue to win,the next 2 or 3 weeks will really crank up the pressure. I’ve seen ‘unfashionable ‘ teams lead and then falter at the last hurdle,even though they were the best team that season, eg:Ipswich ’81,Hearts ’86,Villa ’90,Deportivo ’94,Newcastle ’96….

  4. Victor Thompson April 8, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I agree with every word of your article Andrea. Every other fan outside Leicester wants to see them win it if their own team doesn`t. They have been hugely entertaining and their players have given total commitment.

    Just a word about Alex Field`s response. If you have read my articles and comments, you will know that I am 100% in favour of Wenger resigning but I am offended if all that Alex can bring to the table is highly personal and malicious abuse. The man has earned respect and a permanent place in the hearts of Arsenal supporters but his time has come. That is all there is to it. He does not deserve this kind of bile spouted at him.

    I am sure he would be offended to read it but I doubt that he will, and even if he did he would find it beneath contempt.

  5. Alex Field April 8, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    you can go away too you twonk

    • Victor Thompson April 8, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Thank you Alex.

      • Alex Field April 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

        the washed up old twunt insults us so insulting the twonk is fair game!! if you or anyone doesnt like at then you can get stuffed!!

        • Dave Seager April 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

          There is no need to insult fellow Gunners on here. Dave

  6. Sohum Sen April 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    We’ve got class here on Gunnerstown. Top article Andrea. I fully believe they have deserved it, no matter our failings or indeed those of the other usual table toppers. A

  7. AndreaR April 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Come on guys, disagree as much as you want but go down a notch or two. No room for insults, we’re better than that horror show above…

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