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Just a bit of fun before the big match:
Hope you enjoy. :-)
Just went back and saw the penalty—haha very nice. I'm not too worried about Rooney. RVP has this one in the bag.
Haha understandable. Glad you liked it.
Geez, I hadn't even seen the Celtic match yet. Bad calls everywhere! It really affects the entire season. That's one of the points I used in my league review this week. It's April and every minute of every match matters now.
When a ref can affect which teams win titles or stay in the first division, it's worrying. At least it's happening everywhere which sort of adds to the chaos. I'm SURE the bad calls will continue as we finish the season.
I think a lot of people are warning to the idea of Rooney being better overall with RVP's drought (how long has it been exactly anyway?). Rooney has also had a lot to deal with in terms of injuries, playing out of position at times, etc.
Still, I think those people are forgetting just how much RVP has had to do this season. For me, even if Rooney overtakes him in goals, RVP is the player of the year in England.
Haha yeah apparently he wasn't happy about Ronaldo getting there first. What a terrible call. It would have been almost understandable if it had been the ref, but the line judge had the best view. Yet again showing how useless that position has been.
But to be fair to Messi, Ronaldo has gotten a fair few PKs unfairly given. The one against Getafe comes to mind.
I agree, though, what a season! I keep telling people that we'll probably never see this again so just enjoy it and stop the comparisons.
Did you see my latest article? It was about the records and I mentioned the Ballon d'Or race a bit. If Real wins the league and the CL, Ronaldo HAS to win it in my opinion.
P.S. I saw that Rooney is now just 3 goals behind RVP. Not a bad race going on there either.
You're spot on with everything.
Going into the season only worrying about what happens on the pitch would be huge.
Depth is vital. Arsenal problem has never been first-team talent. Even in the last six years the first team has been one of the top in Europe. The problem has been consistency. In order to have consistency, especially when playing in multiple competitions, quality depth is needed.
I hate getting excited right now after so many years of ups and downs, but I do have hope for next season. I still can't honestly say I have title hopes, but I do have hope.
For next season to be a success I'd want a top 4 finish and more consistent play throughout the WHOLE season. That means playing at the same level in August, January, and April.
Not winning a title won't be a disappointment to me. Playing well enough to beat Barcelona for three months and then poor enough to lose to Wigan a month later will be.
Then a title chase would be my goal in two seasons. I see too many questions and too many steps to get in it in one season. A couple other trophies wouldn't hurt, though haha.
That's a good argument. If all three of those things happen, I agree that Arsenal can at least match City and Chelsea.
There are just too many questions right now. Podolski looks pretty definite, but I won't believe it's final until I see him wearing the jersey. Not sure about Martin or Kagawa, but they'd be solid signings. Vertonghen looks very possible, but we still have to stay healthy, like you said.
In fact, health is probably as big a concern as signings. That's something we can't really account for and why I think there are too many questions to consider a title challenge. The very best teams can overcome injuries to almost any player.
This summer will be huge for the Gunners. There are a lot of right moves that have to be made in order to contend, but there are just as many mistakes that the club can make. Having some continuity and some excitement will go a long way for the club's mentality. This season they were broken before the first match and it took almost seven months to finally get their minds (and form) right.
I agree that it SHOULD be the end of the transition period, but I still have a lot of doubts about it being the title-winning season. I think it we can fight for a title for at least 6 or 7 months out of the year, we'll make enough positive steps going into the following season.
If Arsenal finish within 5 points of Man United, it would almost feel like winning the league. After such a dismal first few months and a terrible summer, anything above fifth is a success.
I think 2nd or 3rd next season is a good goal. I hope 1st can be a goal again in 2-3 years.
By Ilaha I mean Matt hahaha. Apologies for that.
Not sure if you follow La Liga, but here is my latest review:
I hope you enjoy.
P.S. I've heard some people saying Arsenal could actually finish second. Thoughts?