So today is the last you will here from me for a while (some will probably be pleased with that).
Christmas is coming, my last day of work was yesterday, so it is off to Suffolk to spend a few days with the family before returning to work on 27th December.
What a year it has been.
Firstly thanks to everyone who has read the blog. This year has been the most successful in terms of views. Whilst other Wenger-obsessed blogs have fallen away since Arsene left, we have stayed strong. It just shows what good, honest content can do.
Also thanks to everyone who has bought something from the She Wore Shop. By buying from us you are not buying from the club, putting money into Stan Kroenke’s pocket, you are helping a man pay his mortgage, pay for his daughters dance shoes, his sons football boots. I must say the Clock End Watch was a fabulous idea.
Finally thanks to everyone that follows us on Twitter and Facebook. These days the majority of our views and hits come from social media rather than news aggregators (like News Now). we truly are by the fans; for the fans.
It has been a year of change at Arsenal with Arsene Wenger leaving.
No matter what you felt about the man at the end of his tenure, he is an Arsenal legend. He took us to another level. His records may never be beaten – Most FA Cups, Invincible season, 49 undefeated. We thank you for the memories Arsene.
As we go into the New Year, we have a new Arsenal.
Wenger has gone, Ivan Gazidis has gone. The majority of the coaching staff have gone. Usmanov has gone. This truly is a new era.
We have Raul Sanllehi now running the club, alongside Vinai Venkatesham and Sven Mislintat.
These are good football people with experience and a track record of success. Add in Unai Emery and there is plenty to be excited about in the coming months and years.
emery has had a fabulous start to life at Arsenal.
Despite the double defeat on the opening 2 games of the season and the recent double defeat to Tottenham and Southampton, he sits with a 65% win ratio=. That is well above the 55% of Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, and not too far behind the 70% wins Pep Guardiola has had at Manchester City.
It is going to take some time to make Arsenal title challengers again. Half a dozen transfer windows and about £300m. But we are on the right tracks with the right personnel.
This time last year I was not looking forward to the second half of the season. 12 months on and I can not wait for the second half to start.
Up The Arsenal and Merry Christmas.