Save The Back-Patting Till May
For the first time this season (I think), we`re actually into the top 3, it sure feels good this morning.
After losing three vital players in the summer, (including a player who I consider to be the best midfielder in the world), an horrific start to the season coupled with a whole host of nasty injuries that has seen us without Jack Wilshere for the entire season and us needing to deploy 4 centre backs across the back line for a couple of months, the hard work of Wenger and the players has finally paid off somewhat with the boys climbing to 3rd in the table.
We`ve spent much of the season being laughed at by the media, had fun poked at us by rival fans, and most painfully had the noisy neighbours gloating from across the Seven Sisters road. The turmoil we have suffered footballistically has split the Gooner fraternity between the "In Arsene We Trust" camp and the "Arsene is past his sell by dates" camp, it has truly been a quite miserable time to be a Gooner.
So I guess we could be forgiven for celebrating a little this morning.
However we can`t dwell on these celebrations for too long as there is still much work to be done.
More often than not when Harry Redknapp opens his mouth you can be guaranteed that what you`ll hear will be either complete gibberish, or a total lie (or the word "traffic") however last night in his post match interview he said the first sensible thing I can ever remember him saying. "It`s not over yet".
And he`s right.
There are still nine games to play and arguably Spurs have a much easier run in, with Manchester City and Chelsea still waiting in the wings for The Arsenal. There`s also a little matter of Stoke away that will give us a clear indication of how far our boys have come.
However with Spurs and Chelsea facing off this weekend it gives us a little more scope to open up some more daylight between one team or the other, or ideally both.
Considering where we were as a club only a couple of months ago, a top four finish this year would represent a massive achievement for Arsene Wenger and his team, I wouldn`t even be massively upset if we didn`t finish above Tottenham, I really really really want to, but I`m not a greedy person, one miracle is enough for one season.
So whilst Wenger and the players deserve massive credit for getting us to where we are, it will count for naught if we blow it now. So let`s leave the self congratulatory back patting till the end of the season and concentrate on getting 3 points against Villa.