Embarking on the final journey of a fantastic season

Morning all. A later than normal blog as I embark on our last away day of the season.

What a season it has been following The Arsenal home and away for the first proper time since Covid. What a journey this season has been.

The last away game of the season is always a special one, regardless of where we have finished in the league.

It is usually a train journey filled with reflection. With memories of the season. And today will be no different.

Those that go away regularly will know football can become a bit of a sideshow to the entire trip. A 90 minute distraction from a day drinking in shit northern towns.

The memories you build going away, win, lose or draw, stay with you for life. And the friendships you make are the same.

So today it is Nottingham Forest. The City Ground. A place I do not have happy memories of having been to both FA Cup defeats in recent years.

Today Forest have everything to play for. A win will probably guarantee their place in the Premier League for next season. Their support will be behind them from the first minute.

We will need to match their intensity – something we did not do against Brighton. And the concern is with hopes of the league now almost non-existent, will players begin to switch off. Drop their level.

The season has been terrific, but it risks finishing with a whimper. We need to win the next few games so that we can take some momentum into next season.

And the train journey home tonight will see the focus switch from reflection on this season to expectations on next. Can we win it? Who do we need to sign? Who needs to be sold? And who is sorting the trains out?

Have a good day!



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