Arsenal’s season has been a challenge for Gooners. Following a tumultuous summer, the mood among fans was one of dire pessimism.
All hope seemed lost, with many fans seeing this as the end of Arsenal’s Champions League run. More telling, however, were the deafening cries for Arsene Wenger’s reign to finally end. After a disastrous loss to Blackburn away, it seemed as though the manager had lost the faith of many fans. It seemed that a couple more bad losses would mean Wenger’s head.
Well, fast forward to mid-March. Arsenal have been eliminated from three competitions, and a Premier League title is a near impossibility. Still, the mood among the fans—and seemingly the club—is vastly different.
Following a destruction of hated-rival Tottenham, last minute wins against Liverpool and Newcastle and a valiant (although fruitless) 3-0 win over Milan—Arsenal fans are riding high.
Wenger’s team has shown a new found resiliency, which seemed absent the past few seasons. Sitting in fourth place, only one point behind Tottenham, third place is now a realistic shot for Arsenal.
Through all we have seen this year, the mighty lows and the soaring highs, Arsenal seems to be on better footing. Although there are still 10 games to go, I want to look briefly to next year’s campaign.
I think there are a number of reasons why fans can be optimistic about the 2012-2013 season, and I’ll outline why.