Lets not be dumb here, the season in terms of trophies is well and truly over. If we are going to end up trophy less we may as well make a few waves as we close out the fixtures.
Our recent record against United is pretty poor, it has been quite some time since we last managed to beat them and there is no better time to put that right than tomorrow afternoon. At the moment we are rolling over and getting our bellies tickled – we need to see some bite from Arsenal. People have forked out big money for tickets to this game believing it may well decide the destination of the title, if United win and Spurs claim victory against Chelsea then we will see a trophy won at the Emirates, but not by us.
Going into a pivotal summer after capitulating at the end of the season anymore than we currently have will just mean bad feeling festers over the summer – far from ideal for players, fans and the club.
I think the game can be summed up by the lack of comment you can really apply to it.. there is nothing to fight for but pride and this team really need to show some of that. A professional performance, the kind United have chuffed out week after week would win us this game. We have the talent to win convincingly but the soft underbelly can be exposed so easily at the moment – United are a team that could take advantage of that to full effect.
We have had some positive news with Thomas Vermaelen returning to action for the reserves and some of the stuff already being written about him being just what we are missing is a case of absence giving a warped sense of value. Yes, Vermaelen is a leader, a very good defender and gives us an added threat at set-pieces – he was also part of a defence that shipped a hell of a lot of goals last season. He made mistakes too. Pinning next seasons hopes on his fitness is more than a little naive.
I have had a very busy past few days and that is set to continue into next week. It almost feels to me like the summer months where you can switch off and not really miss anything – not waiting hopefully on injury news or other results. Every Arsenal fan probably needs the summer break to put things into perspective and find out just where they stand on so many important issues – like that of the manager and the ownership.
One of the main things I have noticed is that I miss Arsenal being hated. Hate means you are (mostly) bloody good and successful. People like us now, they like watching us and like our players. I prefer the hate to tell you the truth.
Arsene Wenger needs to get these players pumped now, win tomorrow and we will all feel a lot better and potentially save face from having to put up with those filthy Mancs celebrating on OUR pitch.