A very good day to you all.
I have to say it was delightful being able to go to bed last night without worrying whether or not Andrei Arshavin would sign. I slept like a baby. One of those silent babies too, not those crazy ones that cry all night and wake up their parents. They’re annoying.
Thankfully there’s not a whole lot going on today, apart from a little bit more info on the aforementioned Arshavin via Arsenal.com and some comments from new Arsenal boss Ivan Gazidis. The CEO took some time to speak about the impact of Arsene Wenger on the club, ensuring his future in the process, as well as discussing the impact that finishing fifth this season might cause on the clubs. I’ve included the best bits below:
“We have one of the best managers in the world, if not the best, who has redefined the club and has taken us to a point where everyone is talking about fifth as a crisis. Arsene isn’t happy to be fifth place, but we believe and he believes, more importantly, in the group of young players that he has. He believes that there is unfinished business.”
He also went on to make the following, very interesting point:
“This club is in a position to withstand a year without UEFA Champions League qualification, not that we are anticipating it.”
I think there would be quite a few people who agree with that there is a growing feeling amongst Arsenal supporters that if the club finishes fifth this season it would be like the end of the world coming too soon. Yes, it would be hugely disappointing. Yes, it would mean a season of UEFA Cup (or Europa Cup as it will be called next year) football. But it certainly wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Finishing fifth is not something I want to bandy about the blog with too much gusto simply because I don’t think it will happen. We’ve got a squad who have great ability and a number of key players to return to the side, an experienced manager who has been here before and a bright new signing who will add something fresh to the club. I’m confident that it will be enough to secure at least fourth or perhaps even higher.
But if worse comes to worse and we *gasp* do finish fifth, I won’t be crying. One season out of the Champions League will not hinder our ability to bring in good, young players nor force us to part with our best players. It won’t decrease our chances of finishing in the top four or even winning the league next season. In short, it’s not going to change things very much.
The picture is different, of course, if finishing fifth becomes the norm. However, I just can’t see that happening. The club is run exceptionally well and finances are good, Wenger has built a fine young squad and continues to promote wonderful football and the club’s fans are some of the most loyal in the world. This club has been around for 120 years and the most important thing is that it is around in another 120 years.
A poor finish to this season is not going to change that.
Anyway, that’s all I’m going to say on the matter for now. Have a lovely Thursday and I’ll speak to you tomorrow on the blog.
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