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Bring Back That Loving Feeling

Bring Back That Loving Feeling

Arsenal are not the force they once were and I`ve stared to accept that.

I have been guilty of building up the team leading into the new season many times and this season I genuinely believed we would be more competitive despite selling RVP. How wrong I was. It`s been depressing at times, none more so than the embarrassing defeat to League Two side Bradford in the Capital One Cup.

But the shame of that night has been replaced with anger following the dismal first half performance against Chelsea. I genuinely thought we would get a result at the Bridge and I think we would of had Giroud not Gervinhio`d his early chance.

I don`t know who was dressed as Sagna but it was an awful imitation of a right back rated by many as the league`s best. As good as Sagna has been for Arsenal, I think he should have been made to win his place back from Jenkinson when he returned from injury instead of just waltzing back into the team.
Young Jenks was in-form and even earned himself an England call-up so why drop him for a player who is returning from his second leg break in three years?

We are currently on the lowest points total at this stage in the season under Wenger and look pretty certain of missing out on Champions League football.

Am I the only one thinking that could be a good thing?

It will give Wenger and especially the board a swift kick up the bum that everyone knows is needed for the direction of the club to change. They are so concerned with making fourth place but what is the point of playing Champions League football if we`ve got a team that has no chance of winning the trophy?
Some were saying we got a decent draw in Bayern Munich in the last 16, I am absolutely dreading both games and don`t think it will even be a contest.

But that doesn`t say much when I am full of trepidation about a trip to Brighton.

If you were to offer me a sixth place finish but an FA Cup triumph I would take it because I`m sure I wouldn`t be alone in wanting to enjoy the winning feeling once again. We`ve got money and will not be like Liverpool when they dropped out of the 'big four`. Arsenal can rise again but it will be a case of going one step back to go two steps forward.

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Writer:Gary Taylor
Date:Thursday January 24 2013
Time: 12:31PM


Gary is looking to do some writing for VA so he'll be doing a few test pieces. Let him know what you think. You don't have to pull your punches, but keep it civil please.
24/01/2013 12:34:00
Dare I say we need a 'we are on the brink of catastrophe' commentator to balance the eternal optimism of LD and Amos. Rocky, you straddle the divide nicely. ;)
Wyn Mills
24/01/2013 12:47:00
Like I've said before, we're not a site with any specific agenda, we don't only post articles that fit to a certain theme. If someone wants to write an article for VA and it's presented in a good manner, then all opinions are welcome here.
24/01/2013 12:49:00
Precisely the reason, I suspect, many of us are here.
Wyn Mills
24/01/2013 12:55:00
Yep - that's what Arsenal Land needs - another 'we're doomed' blog! They're notoriously difficult to find aren't they! I get why folk think I'm overly optimistic but I'm not sure how that accusation gets levelled at LD! Any optimistic article is quickly quelled in the comments section anyway. Why wasn't Sagna dropped in place of Jenks? I'm guessing because at present Sagna is clearly the better player. So there's no point entering a competition unless you can be pretty sure of winning it? There's a case right there for reducing the number of teams in the PL to just three then. I think that one step backwards is precisely what you're upset about Gary - but nice to read the opinion of another contributor. More should be encouraged to try their hand.
24/01/2013 13:31:00
I don't think it's a "we're doomed" blog per se, infact Gary is suggesting a bit of doom might be good for the club. I'm not sure I agree with it, but I understand his position. You can also understand the club's position. It's a fair enough question for fans to ask why put so much emphasis on a competition we stand little chance of winning .... but the fact is, the cash we get from it is just too large an amount to pass up. As much as we don't like to think about a football club being run that way, that's how it is now and we need CL football.
24/01/2013 13:51:00
Well you have to admit the number of AKB blogs have drastically thinned over the past few years... LD,Pardon me for labelling you an optimist, but you would surely have to be one to follow this team on the road come rain or shine. Anyway point is ist good to see a balance on this site, and I'm sure we all enjoy debating the positives as well as the negatives. Oh, and a note of caution about over-optimism, Amos :)
Wyn Mills
24/01/2013 14:00:00
I'm happy to read contrary opinion if only because it sometimes allows me to correct some misunderstandings. Our current points total at this stage is the same as it was last year 23 games in which in turn was the same as at this stage in the 2005-2006 season. The difference between last season and this is that we're currently one place higher and one point nearer 4th. If a little doom is good for the club then the last few seasons have been positively euphoric! Thank you for the note of caution about over optimism Wyn. Allow me point out that not only are positive people more attractive listening to negative people does nothing for the other lobes of the brain ;)
24/01/2013 14:17:00
Lol. ;)
Wyn Mills
24/01/2013 14:20:00
Can someone write an article on Kroenke & his achievements in sports? 1000word minimum......
24/01/2013 14:34:00
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