Ahem ahem, much talk has been made of Saturday’s early kick-off game against Chelsea marking Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the club he joined in 1996.
Since then ‘le prof’ has guided us to 3 league titles and 4 FA cups, during which he also safely facilitated the smooth transition from Highbury to Emirates while keeping Arsenal in the Champions League places throughout that period.
Yes the past few years (9 in particular) have been somewhat frustrating given the lack of silverware to arrive at the Emirates, but that should not take away anything Monsieur Wenger has done for Arsenal football club and English football as is evident in the fact that many players have come out to pay tribute to the legend that is Arsene-and rightly so-for propelling their careers from scratch to superstardom.
All this talk of thanking Arsene for his loyalty during this period would be such an anticlimax if the boys do not turn up on Saturday against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. And what better way to celebrate Arsene’s 1000th game in charge than beating Mourinho on his home turf.
After our disappointing defeat at Stoke earlier this month, the title race was supposed to have all but ended however following our win against Spurs coupled with Chelsea’s loss at Villa, this game is now the final of the season should we harbor any dreams of lifting the Premiership.
It is worth noting that we are unbeaten in our previous 3 games against Everton, Bayern and Spurs winning 2 and drawing 1 in the process which is more than we could have wished for from these games. And now with upcoming matches against Chelsea, City, Everton we must almost play three perfect matches to keep our hopes of a domestic double alive this season.
As always the Arsenal injury crisis is at its peak with no less than 4 first team players out which always leaves us fans with the ‘if ….. had been fit throughout we could have done something’ talk. But there is a growing optimism around the club which even the injury crises cannot stop that this finally is our year. But first we must defeat the Blues and continue to take each game as it comes. Let’s produce an even better defensive performance from our last game and match it with intelligence in front of goal.
In short lets give Arsene Wenger the victory his loyalty deserves.