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Hopes for Arsenal in 2018…

To win a trophy

Ultimately, we are in football for the success, the glory, to cheer our team on. Some clubs have a different level of success than other. For Leyton Orient, success is surviving. For Arsenal, it is trophies.

Arsenal might have been out of the title race by December – but so was every other team in England bar Manchester City. That leaves the cups as realistic targets.

Arsenal need to re-prioritise their season away from the league and onto the cups.

A trip to Wembley in March, or at the end of the season. A cheeky flight to Lyon in May. Any of these will do. Because ultimately, it is the winners who are remembered, not who finish second but put the pressure on.

Back the team to its 4th trophy in 5 years (and can we dream of a cup treble?)

Change in leadership

Whether is the manager, the owner, Ivan Gazidis or Vik Akers, something needs to change at Arsenal to freshen things up.

In Gazidis’ defence, he has acted on his summer words and we are about to see a new Head of Football Relations and Head of Recruitment join us in the shape of Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi.

Realistically, Stan Kroenke will not be selling any time soon. And my personal opinion is that I do not want to be a dodgy Russian’s play thing, despite needing £350m investment.

The time is up for Arsene Wenger. Even those who still talk about his success, and the 3 FA Cups in 4 years will agree that he has gone stale.

I hope 2018 will be Arsene Wenger’s last, and that he can leave having bought us further success

Beat Spurs at Wembley

It is the little things that count, and whilst beating Spurs at Wembley will not mean much in terms of league placings, it will reinforce that Wembley is ours.

Keep Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere

I do not care for Alexis Sanchez. He can go away and do nasty things to his dogs. But recently both Ozil and Wilshere have shone.

Ozil has returned to form and, perhaps with the limelight on him rather than Sanchez, people are realising the good work he does.

Jack Wilshere meanwhile is still on the road to recovery.

I would be concerned about giving him the mooted 5 year – £100,000 a week contract, but would not be upset if he signed a new 3 year deal.

Just remember when it comes to Wilshere, if you are calling for him to have a new contract, and he breaks down again, do not blame the club that he is “stealing” a wage, as you wanted him to get the new deal.

Spend some f*****g money

We might not have £350million to spend, but we are by no means paupers.

Hopefully this summer with Mislintat and Sanllehi at the helm, we actually buy the players we need, and act clinically in the market. It might not be enough to overhaul Manchester city, but better to try and fail, then not try at all.

 

What wishes do you have for 2018?

Keenos

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Crystal Palace Win, Jack Wilshere Contract & Henry v Sanchez

Crystal Palace Win

Good win. Played well. Can’t tell you much about the second half as I was drinking on the concourse.

Jack Wilshere

Great performance by Jack Wilshere. His talent has never been in question, just his fitness.

The club have taken it slowly with him this season, and have been criticised for doing so, but the fact he is now fully fit and starting for Arsenal shows they got it right.

Hopefully his career has rejuvenated and we secure his new contract.

Thierry Henry

So Thierry Henry on Sky picked up on the fact that two separate groups of players celebrated one of Alexis Sanchez’s goal.

Henry said: “You’re not here for Alexis Sanchez, you’re here for Arsenal. Arsenal scored. Go and celebrate. Whoever does it, we don’t care about that, go and celebrate with your team-mate.”

For a start, it is a complete non-story. It was a great assist that lead to the goal. The players near Jack Wilshere celebrated with him. The players near Alexis Sanchez celebrated with the Chilean.

It is not unusual for some players to celebrate with the assist maker and others the goal scorer.

Secondly, I have to laugh about Henry commenting about players wanting to leave and and the dressing room being split. His behaviour in 2006 when he wanted to be at Barcelona was equally poor.

I remember plenty of times in that year Henry demanding players celebrate with him. He thinks that he is King of the Hill but his behaviour was a disgrace.

Keenos

25 Superstars Available on a Free Transfer in Summer 2018

“In the future, you will see that more and more, players going to the end of a contract”

That was Arsene Wenger’s prediction about the future of the transfer market when asked about Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation over the summer.

At the time, a lot of people, mainly Arsenal fans, laughed at the comment, seeing it as an excuse from a deluded old man who was trying to justify his two best players running their contracts down.

“Transfer [fees] become so high, even for normal players, no one will want to pay the amount of money that is demanded. I’m convinced that in the next 10 years it will become usual.”

Just 5 months on from this comment and Sanchez and Ozil are looking more and more likely to be moving on a free transfer. And as predicted by Wenger, they are not the only ones:

Keenos