Let’s face it, for many a Gooner there just isn’t a great deal to smile about at the moment. After another disappointing result against Liverpool on Wednesday night, many of us on the red and white side of North London must be wondering where our next great moment will come from.
Our next Henry Vs. Real Madrid, our next Thomas Vs. Liverpool, our next Wiltord Vs. Manchester United. But with the club seemingly unwilling to splash the cash this January, and with the team currently languishing in 6th position, it seems that our next great moment may have to wait just a little while longer. Here are three of the (possibly) heartbreaking moments still to come this season:
3). Andre Santos Vs. Bayern Munich
With Kieran Gibbs picking up a thigh strain ruling him out for the typical ‘three week’ treatment, it appears that fan favourite Andre Santos may very well be the one lining up against Bayern Munich at the Emirates on February 19th. In case you didn’t quite get that, that’s Andre Santos, up against Bayern Munich… I can hear the groans from here.
With one of the world’s most formidable attacking teams making their way to London, featuring the likes of Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Xherdan Shaqiri, it’s difficult to see Santos having his hands anything other than ‘full’ that night. And with the current form of the Brazilian filed under ‘somewhat lacking’ at the moment, this could end up being a very embarrassing evening for Arsenal Football Club if the aforementioned players bring their A-Game to the Emirates.
2). Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Arsenal
Just a week and a half after our Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, Arsenal will turn their attentions back to domestic duties, and head to White Hart Lane in search of a third successive 5 – 2 victory against the old enemy.
A quick glance over at the Premier League table will tell you all you need to know about the importance this match will have in the race for a Champions League position, with the Lilywhites currently sitting 4 points and two places above the Gunners.
And with Tottenham hungry for revenge, in a good run of form, and with a revitalized team spirit following the admittedly impressive signing of German U-21 captain Lewis Holtby, this could end up being a bitter pill for Arsenal fans to swallow if we can’t take home all three points.
1). Arsenal Vs. Manchester United
Saturday April 27th 2013 will see Manchester United come to the Emirates (barring any possible TV fixture changes) in search of three points in their charge for the Premier League trophy. Arsenal on the other hand could begin the game with their very own agenda, in search of a confidence booster and vital points to give them a final lift towards a Champions League place. However Arsenal’s recent history against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men is an all too depressing read, with the Gunners last win against the Red Devils coming back in the 2010/2011 season through a goal from Aaron Ramsey.
Ultimately though, this could very possibly be the match which decides which side of Manchester the Premier League title ends up on, however it could also be the game which seals Arsenal’s fate outside the top four for the first time during Wenger’s reign. For Arsenal fans worldwide, even the thought of watching Manchester United celebrate their 20th Premier
League title, whilst the Arsenal team look on, having missed out on a Champions League place to Spurs could be the most heartbreaking moment of our history since Paris, 2006.
Jay James Waller