The negativity surrounding Arsenal these days is sickening, upsetting and repulsive!!
There, I said it...
Last season's meltdown left me as badly scarred as anyone else. But I couldn't agree more when Arsene Wenger said we were "really close."
Yes, I know we finished 12 points behind the champions in the Premier League, but I believe that Emmanuel Eboue's clumsy challenge on Luis Suarez in the thirty-fifth (!!) minute of injury time was the turning point. We then drew with Spurs from a winning position, and lost to Bolton in one of the most abject Arsenal performances one will ever see. Seven points thrown away out of a possible nine.
Our Carling Cup final loss will haunt me till my last breath. No number of future trophies will heal that wound. The sheer perfection of that final act is still vivid in my mind.
And as for the Champions League robbery, sorry defeat, at Barca, well let me not express myself too openly about those classless lowlifes, because I may be reported.
Anyway, that was in the past. Each new season brings with it renewed hope and optimism. That's the beauty of sport. Real, yet transient. I, more than most others, believe in the Boss, and am convinced that he will deliver the glory that his and the Club's principled style of operation deserves.
Having gazed into my imaginary crystal ball, here are 16 primarily positive predictions for Arsenal's 2011-12 season...