The summer of 2011 has not been one to remember thus far if you are, like me, an Arsenal fan. Our capitulation following the Carling Cup defeat to Birmingham was alarming, talk of an ‘exodus’ of ‘top’ players from th
e club is seemingly becoming more and more realistic with every passing day, the club’s board appear to be refusing to adjust from their ‘passé style of running the club ( as expressed by the sacked former director Lady Bracewell-Smith ) , and the lack of big, imagination – catching transfers into the club has so far been frustratingly slow.
However, I firmly believe that there is no reason to panic…not just yet anyway.
Although the failings on the pitch following February’s defeat to Birmingham were totally unacceptable, that now has to be put into the past. We’ve made the Champions League (at least we hope we have) and have one of the most exciting young English midfielders in the game at our club, and he’s one of the few players not to have been linked with a move away. In Robin Van Persie, we have arguably the best striker in the league, and we also have genuine talent in Ramsey and Frimpong returning from injury.
The talk of players leaving is concerning. We’ve already lost one in Gael Clichy, and talk of Nasri and Fabregas going is increasing in volume everyday. It was disappointing to lose Clichy, a strong left-back, but ultimately, I genuinely believe he was a player Arsenal were content to sell. A player who would always get on with the job and do it by giving 100%, he was nonetheless a player that had frailties, and had cost us a goal on more than one occasion. The attention now turns on keeping hold of Nasri and Fabregas, as well as bringing in players that can have an effect on the team, and raise moral. We have been linked to a few hundred thousand players throughout the summer, and have even been told by Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, to expect a ‘busy summer’.
I’m a big believer in the sayings ‘stick by your club through thick and thin’ and ‘take the good times with the bad’. It’s the fans that follow these philosophies that don’t just make a club, but make football as well. So far, the summer of 2011 has been a testing one, but I believe that once we are through this bad patch, the good times will soon be upon us again.
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