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Flattering end to a flattering season?

May 12, 2010

Bet you were thinking, Why couldn’t we do this last month? You know thrashing a team that is by accounts much weaker than us. At least then we wouldn’t have worried – just a little bit – that Spurs could have overtaken us had we actually lost to Fulham.

That is something we would never have imagined just before we played Barcelona. I actually thought that losing to Messi et al’s team would make us stronger. It didn’t. From losing (comfortably) to one of the best to losing to err, one of the worst …Wigan, Blackburn. Take your pick really.

Our season started with a resounding win. You remember it? 6-1 at Everton felt like it was in another decade until we finished off with a 4-0 win over Fulham.

When we were good, we were really good. At one point we were going to score a 100 goals in the league. Then our current favourite Dutchman picked up an injury and it kinda went downhill. RVP’s injured..that’s our season fucked. How the hell are we supposed to win anything without our best striker? Except until he scored two poacher ike goals against Spurs, RVP himself said how he wasn’t a very natural striker.

And didn’t we lose 3 games that RVP actually featured in after he returned? A bit of a co-incidence really that though.

There were some really good moments. Fighting back to win in Liege and against Bolton after we were 2-0 down. Showing some spirit at Anfield after the worst first half that Wenger saw. And not many teams thrash Porto as easily as we did. Cesc and Van Persie didn’t play that game. Oh and how about sticking it up to Stoke after one of their own did you know what to Ramsey.

But when we were bad, we were bad. Injuries we had a plenty and we topped the injuries league table for most of the season. However a team cannot excuse the defeats against the likes of Wigan and Blackburn not when we had a lead against both. Neither could a virtually full strength team offer any excuses when they threw a 2 goal lead against West Ham.

As good as Utd and more so Chelsea were, there is no way they should have beaten us with such an emphatic scoreline on our own turf. Those were moments where the team failed to realise the collective potential it had. Next season, this must not happen. If we can’t beat them, we shouldn’t let them walk over us. It was embarrassing.

And so we finish where we deserved to. Is it that bad? Above Man City. Above Villa. Above Liverpool. Above Everton. And above all, above Spurs. All of these teams who (save Everton slightly) spoke big but still couldn’t overtake us when the league finished.

Finishing third also means we play two games fewer next season. That itself is an improvement because you know how long that “game in hand” discussion carried on for. And by then a lot of our players were probably having that discussion in the treatment room themselves.

Not that by finishing third we can be completely satisfied. Those teams I mentioned will all try and better themselves next season especially Spurs and City. The next few months will reveal a lot about our club’s mindset for the future ahead. More on that in another post.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Danje,patigi nigeria permalink
    May 12, 2010 20:36

    I quite agree wit u guys, wat u say is kind of a summary of d jst concluded season,i hop tin wil b better next season bt we must buy.

  2. Samuel permalink
    May 12, 2010 22:23

    Do u know al our tem playrs had injuris dat tuk dem out 4 more dan 3 games in a role.yes i mean u miss 3 straight week.but dis is on d average as som were on treatment holidays ,some were on international breaks.hence arsene wats up wit d medics please check, u hav a big problem here i mean keeping our plaeyrs free and in form

    • gunnerstoday permalink*
      May 13, 2010 00:03

      @danje it was my first attempt in writing up a post for a while and I’ve missed quite a bit..yes very brief summary. we do need reinforcements..will do a post on this.

      @ Samuel yes and it doesn’t help with no winter break and rushing players back from injuries i.e. Gallas.

  3. GoonerVance permalink
    May 13, 2010 16:47

    Honestly I think the 6-1 win at Everton was possibly the worst start to the season we could have. It immediately cemented this formation we now seem married to (4-3-3). It made us think we beat a top 6 team, when at the time Everton was playing some of the worst football in the league. Finally, it created this idea that we could score at will, when much of the season we struggled to find winners until the last 10-15 minutes of the game.

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