In a matter of days, the problems that were threatening to to bog Arsenal down in a swamp of despair seem to be slowly drifting away. The weekend was a dark time and we all showed our discontent at the way things were going.
The opening Premier League game of the season brought a 3-1 defeat to lowly Aston Villa, half of our team was injured and there was no sight of any incoming transfers. We have not seen significant improvement yet but steps have been taken to do so, we hear.
I will start with the fact that we put all doubts to bed about Champions League qualification. I was one of the people who actually expected us to be on the wrong end of this game because of injury and lack of fitness in the players that were available. As we know now though our squad wasn’t that badly affected and we had enough players to put out a full strength squad.
We won the away leg 3-0 and now I can’t wait to welcome the Turkish club to London so we can beat them by an even bigger margin. It isn’t over until it’s over but it is going to take a miracle for Fenerbache to beat us at the Emirates next week.
We have also begun our hunt for new players. Better late than never at least. An early bid for Yohan Cabaye wasn’t much to get excited about but now we are in for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria. Apparently Wenger is also after a goalkeeper and a defender so I am expecting signings in the day to come.
As I said before, our problems aren’t all solved but we are taking steps to make sure we can actually compete this season. In another life Arsene Wenger would have complained to fans and not done anything to change the way things have been.
A good performance and all three points against Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow, and the dark clouds really will start to lift from Arsenal fans everywhere. Let’s be optimistic and hope there’s more to come.