At times over the past few years, like when Arsenal lost at home to Aston Villa in the opening match of this season, it looked like the Gunners would never get out of the trophyless rut we found ourselves in. And the only way the fans could see of changing that was for Arsene Wenger to end his long reign as manager of Arsenal Football Club.
After a nine years wait since Arsenal last won a major trophy, it was hardly a shock to see Arsene Wenger nad his players explode with delight when the referee blew the final whistle at Wembley on Saturday. Any trophy celebration is going to be great, but you felt that there was more to this one.
The way the players celebrated with the boss showed that they felt they owed the Frenchman something and he has admitted, in an Arsenal.com report, that this cup win was the most important of the five FA cups he now has with the Gunners. It is not because the fifth one equals the record of Alex Ferguson and Man United, although that must give Wenger some pleasure, but you feel that we needed to get this first trophy of the new era out of the way.
There is a feeling going around Arsenal Football Club at the minute that we are one Wembley cup final away from completing a good season. Although the Gunners have finished in the same fourth place as last time, a win at Norwich on the final day will give us 79 points, which would have seen us finish second last year. And an FA cup to end the trophy drought will put a smile on every Gooner’s face.
But the Arsenal keeper is not content with this. Wojciech Szczesny was reported by Arsenal.com talking about this season and the regrets he has that Arsenal could not keep up the form that saw us in with the first realistic title challenge in years.
It was reported this week that the Arsenal and England striker Theo Walcott was taking his recovery fron injury very carefully. The 25-year old is determined to do things properly and not to risk any setback to his return from the anterior cruciate ligament problem he picked up in the FA cup win over Tottenham.
But he is desperate to get back onto the pitch, as he told Arsenal.com. The disappointment of this season has spurred the flying forward on to greater things, or so he hopes. And Walcott is not just targeting a good year on a personal level, as he wants to surpass the 21 goals he scored last time, but he is desperate to help Arsenal to more trophy glory.
If Samir Nasri gets his wish, and Arsenal win the FA cup, it will mean that those Arsenal players that he abandoned have had a more successful season that him, for the first time since he left in 2011. His new team Man City also won nothing last season, but they still finished above us in the Premier League.
The reason Nasri says, in a Telegraph report, that he is really hoping that the Gunners knock down theur last obstacles to a trophy, is that he feels that Arsene Wenger has been treated badly by the media, the Arsenal fans and especially by the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
It is an ever growing concern that this season is slowly turning out to be ever so similar to those that have passed before. We have been in the running and likely contenders for at least three competitions out of the four before slowing progressing into a period of decline that eventually leaves us trophy-less for another successive season.
Following on from the disappointing 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, Arsenal fans were left questioning whether their team was beginning to do what was seen to be the inevitable by some critics, and fall down the Premier League table.
Of course the majority of Arsenal fans are still optimistic and confident that Arsenal will go on to win something this season, after seeing the way that we have played so far this campaign, however what a lot of people forget is that football can change in an instant and that’s exactly why most supporters of ‘the beautiful game’ see Arsenal as outsiders to possibly challenge for a trophy.
Nacho Monreal may have only just joined the club at the start of the year, back on the January transfer deadline day 2013, but he is fully aware of the fact that Arsenal have gone an extended period of time without a trophy. 10 years ago, Arsenal were competing in every single competition they were eligible for and competing to a standard that it looked like we might win it every single time. Perhaps that wasn’t always the case, however it can definitely be suggested that we were far more confident in our ability and capable of achieving success back then, than we have been in recent seasons.
Arsenal have been flying high in the Premier League so far this season because despite losing out to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, the Gunners have turned it around to become one of the league’s most in form teams. In fact Arsenal’s performances so far this season have given real belief that Arsenal have the ability to come out on top this season ahead of everyone, rather than just the other half of North London. Winning the league is no mean feat and although the club’s top spot was thrown into doubt yesterday, with a difficult game against WBA; Arsenal managed to pull through with a well fought out draw.
Has it ever occurred to you that those players that have left Arsenal over the last few years, when the club was on the brink of regaining success, were perhaps right in what they said about the club upon their departure, and ultimately were right to leave this football club – That is if it is still called Arsenal Football Club and not Arsenal Financial Company.