Date:Monday February 26 2007
It`s a long trip back from Cardiff to London. Having digested what I had witnessed in the Millennium stadium and had time to reflect on the season up till now I came to the conclusion that the time for learning is over. Last season was the worst we experienced under Wenger, we reached the Champions league final for the 1st time but the constant away defeats and the way we were bullied made it a season to forget for me, the year we started our learning curve.
That learning curve has continued into this year but I now firmly believe our young footballers have gone through everything a footballer can go through in the season and a half since we started rebuilding. We as fans have learnt to be patient and now we need to be repaid in the form of trophies.
We learnt to come through the bullying as the game vs Bolton away in the cup showed us, we earned the right to weave our wonderful patterns so we cannot use that as an excuse for the boys anymore. We have seen them show strength in adversity by coming from behind time after time to rescue games so we know they have character. We have a squad of players as good as anything in the premiership, strength in all departments so injuries and suspensions can be covered. We have conceded the 1st goal in games so many times that the team should now know to start fast as they did in Cardiff.
They can handle intimidating atmospheres (The shoe box down the road). They play the most expansive and best football in the premiership so they know if they play well they will win games. They have shown that when they are not playing the premierships best brand of football they can win games (Watford away and Wigan at home spring to mind). They have also had the occasional kick up the backside that tells them nothing but 100% focus is good enough when you are playing for The Arsenal (Blackburn in the cup, Sheffield UTD and PSV).They have tasted the pain of defeat in 2 cup finals and wont ever want to taste it again.
Finally they have a manager that believes in them, that has been telling the world and whoever else that will listen that this team can be the best he`s had. Its time for them to repay the faith of the Manager and the fans, no more excuses its time to deliver. Champions league anyone?
Article submitted by Iceman10
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Date:Monday February 26 2007
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