Arsenal FC: 11 Reasons for Optimism at the Emirates

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Arsenal FC: 11 Reasons for Optimism at the Emirates
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Arsene Wenger has had to deal with more criticism this year than any other

What a year for Arsene Wenger it has been already. All summer long, we were subject to one of the most painfully boring transfer sagas of all time. Then finally, at long last, Cesc Fabregas slinked off home to Barcelona into the arms of Gerard Pique and the rest of his "bros."

Arsenal fans could have coped with this, but Roberto Mancini had others plans and cherry-picked Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri from North London. Suddenly, the Gunners had gone from what looked like a promising season to doom, despair, end-of-the-world apocalypse and so on.

A little bit of Harry Redknapp-esque wheeling and dealing at the end of the summer saw the club draft in a defender, a central midfielder, an attacker and another talented young Southampton youth product. Any optimism was quickly drowned in cold water as the team registered a goalless draw, a defeat to Liverpool followed by that humiliation at Old Trafford.

Right now, Arsenal sit seventh in the table, three points off Champions League qualification and 12 points from Manchester City at the summit. Now I know that this surely isn't where Gunners fans envisioned themselves at the start of the season, but things are nowhere near as bad as they seem (you'll understand what I mean if you watched Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Swansea—yeech!).

Wenger may not be at the top of the table, but here are 11 reasons why Arsenal fans shouldn't consider this season a disaster. Your comments are appreciated.

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