Arsenal FC Season Review: Highlights, Lowlights, and Floodlights
Arsenal Adam extends his orangutan like arms up to the clouds and lets out a big stiff sigh.
That was a nice little slumber—10 days of blog-less surfing, a decade of days without moaning about the Arsenal.
And I'm glad.
There hasn't been fook to talk about, and when you don't have ANYTHING to say (never mind something nice) it's sometimes best just to shut your trap.
It's been a long season of almosts, nearlies, barelies, close calls, touch-and-go's, might-have-beens, and my favorite "hold breath, gasp, and ooooooooooo´s."
It's been a long season of blogging too.
I obviously haven't managed to keep up with LadyArse, JamRockRover, or the Arseblogger in terms of my number of hits or posts. However, it's been an exciting debut season on the blogging front, and I´ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here on oleole.com and BleacherReport.
I'm quite pleased to have made it 250 days. That's a quarter of a thousand you know!
I'm also quite pleased to have amassed almost 700 followers on twitter, and I'd like to thank all of you who are kind enough to entertain my tweets which tend to come in waves.
I won't tweet for a month, and then I won't stop twittering for 24 hours. I think it's like that though. The kind of thing you can forget about for awhile, but once you pick it up, you are hooked.
Like Mario Kart for the SNES. That stuff was good.
I'm sure you have all read about the wonderful highlights of Arsenal from a playing perspective: Cesc's goal against Tottenham, Cesc's goal against Aston Villa, the comeback against Barcelona, the demolition of Everton on opening day, and the performances of Sol, Verm, and even Gallasshole.
These are things which should be looked upon fondly.
However, I think the biggest highlight of the season comes amongst the problems that the other clubs are suffering right now with the downturn of the global economy, and the irresponsible management of football clubs in order to win Silverware. Which ultimately is gross mismanagement of million dollar companies.
I'm looking at Portsmouth, who have accrued debts of $130 million pounds in order to win the FA Cup.
I'm looking at Manchester United, who had to sell the best player in the world just to pay off the interest on their gigantic loans.
The hated owners of the club took out an order to get the funds to buy the club everyone wants them to sell now.
I'm looking at Liverpool, who thought foreign investment was the way forward, but then discovered that their rich Americans brought the promise of trophy's laden with star spangled banners and Fernando Torres' and Javi Mascherano's every year.
Liverpool turned out to be as cash-strapped as the rest of big players in the American economy and a second place finish last season has turned into a seventh placed finish this season, with little prospect of attracting top players.
Despite the new branding, the Europa league is still not a sexy trophy.
I'm looking at Hull City who hired Ian Dowie, Mr. Relegation, because he was out of a job and they couldn't afford to add to their astronomical wage bill that included a change of chairman, ownership, and coach problems.
This is a club that had six decent strikers, and took Jose Altidore on loan from Villarreal and paid 100 percent of his wages, in order for him to score one goal all season.
I can't believe they finished behind Burnley. I mean, Burnley is REALLY bad. (Yes, I know about the result they got against us...the twunts.)
Oh ya, and I'm no fan of Phil Brown either!
Imagine if Phil Brown was our manager—the orange wanker.
Just in case you're wondering, he's such an idiot. I'm not really going anywhere with this. I just want to highlight the fact that you can tan a turd, but you can't polish it.
And Phil Brown is a big, orange steamer.
In light of all the problems that some of the clubs in our beloved division are experiencing, Arsenal are continuing to generate record profits.
The Highbury Square development is now sold off, and we have made a pretty penny from that to help reduce our slightly massive loans taken out against the club in order to build our lovely stadium.
We generated a substantial amount of money by transferring Kolo, and the one whose name shall not be spoken to City, and getting the Verm and AA in return.
We are surviving.
NAY! We are thriving!
We made progress in the league finishing one place higher with a couple of more points.
My blog highlights are as follows: probably my first twitter follower, the fantastic contribution to this blog from Mr. JamRockRover, when the Arseblogger stopped by for a glance, reaching over 1,500 hits after being told my blogs didn't generate responses by a dickhead Arsenal fan, getting to blog about smoking Spurs, predicting Song and Diaby would turn out well, predicting we'd finish in the Top Four, and actually sticking to this thing.
Apart from Phil Brown's existence, we've obviously got the demolition by Lionel Messi in Barcelona.
I had to witness first hand amongst a bunch of Catalans (who were actually quite sound), Danny Rose and his wonder goal, which was the beginning of the end of a fantastic run of 10 years against the Spuds.
Our capitulation in the title race which started with Birmingham, and the noggin of Kevin Philippines, and ended with come-from-behind defeats by Wigan and Blackburn.
And then, of course, we have Aaron Ramsey. That was just a bad situation if you ask me.
Ultimately, the biggest lowlight is a season without Silverware again. However, I prefer to look at the big picture.
We are really not favored to win the title, and we won't be for some years. We just don't have the financial clout.
So, for us to continue to overachieve without spending, without compromising the values of the club, and without being a bunch of filthy misfits...well, I'm quite pleased.
Oh ya, and before I forget, Almunia is lowlight as well.
Well, Arseblogger telling me to stop posting my blog on his site was somewhat disenchanting, and made me quickly realize that there is an etiquette to be observed on the World Wide Web.
Also, when I predicted that Denilson would do something godo this season, and any time I predicted Arsenal would do well and they didn't—SORRY. Also time I predicted a lineup and I was wrong.
I think there were more highs than lows this season, and if you read some of the rhetoric that was being thrown around in August about us finishing seventh, etc., (humorously, this was often done by Liverpool fans) then we've had quite a successful season.
I was going to write more, but I just got given a big case, so I'll leave it here for today.
Thanks to Arsenal FC and everyone who has helped me make this blog a quasi-success this season.
See you in the new few days to talk about Chamakh, and hopefully Buffon and Sakho.
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