Arsenal Circular 173
We are on a roll, we are securing clean sheets and we are playing with confidence.
Don’t lets re-write history as were convincingly beaten by THFC and we need to remember why.
We were early into the new three at the back formation when we went to WHL – it takes time to bed down a new system – confidence only comes from achieving in matches and the THFC game came too early for us.
There was another reason – THFC were good. We cannot pretend otherwise. They are playing well and improving. We lost 2-0 – we know it could have been 4-0.
Is that a moan – a pop at Wenger – a reason for him to leave? No. Wenger made the change. He has restored confidence. The team are playing with their heads up. We are finishing on a high with good reason to look forward to next season and I look forward to us taking on THFC.
Success comes from doing not talking. It is about confidence. If the skill is there and the mental determination then the results will flow.
The valid question to ask of Wenger is why he did not make the change earlier.
I do not raise the question to bash him over the head but to enquire why if CFC could make the change when losing to us 0-3 were we not able to make the change when we were conceding goals. I guess the answer is that AFC and CFC shows you do make changes. Maybe we did not do it earlier because we were doing well. You only make a significant change mid-season when you have to. Chelsea did on the back of bad results. AFC did the same.
Roll on next season
Now a different topic and more controversial.
We want CL football next season and the only way to achieve that goal is to keep winning.
We needed to win last night and we did but it was no soft touch – Sunderland, like Newcastle v THFC last season, played with more freedom because they were relegated. It was all over for them. The result did not matter. The tension was less. They could give it a go. In addition, of course their keeper played well.
That is not my point – last night the best iterests of AFC needed every fan cheering for AFC. They needed to be there – shouting, singing, chanting, supporting.
Why? – Because the team like the support – they play better – they are spurred to achieve.
Last night there were many empty seats so did the stay-aways help or hinder AFC last night?
Only one answer – they hindered AFC and the players and made it more difficult for the team on the pitch.
We won and the players dug deep to play to the hilt – great character, great motivation.
Nevertheless, the stay-aways?
They cannot escape – they decided to damage AFC by not being there.
They thought they were being clever. They weren’t.
They were making it harder for our team to play well, to win, and to get the crucial three points.
Their actions were against the best interests of the Club
Should they be at Wembley?