I still can’t bring myself to watch the footage from Stoke on Saturday, but with that dismal result behind us, I don’t think it will come as a shock to many of you to hear that I think this week could be the most important of Arsenal’s season.
The Gunners face Fenerbahce on Wednesday night and having pulverised the Turks 5-2 away from home, us Gooners will be expecting a similar scoreline on our own turf.
A win against Fenerbahce will all but see Arsenal into the knock-out stages of the Champions League, but more importantly than that, it would give both players and fans the necessary shot in the arm to prepare us for the Man United clash on Saturday.
And that, of course, is the biggest challenge of our season so far…
Arsenal may have had an indifferent start to the Premier League campaign, but much like our lowly neighbours up the road at Light Weight Lane, one good result could be the catalyst to propel Arsenal back to a winning run. And for those of you who are nearing clinical depression, let’s just remind ourselves that we are still in the top four, whereas the Spuds are still in the relegation zone.
I’m trying to stay on the optimism trip today, which isn’t easy, so I’ll leave it to you lot to discuss the ramifications of a possible home defeat at the hands of the Mancs this weekend.
But if us Gooners can recreate the kind of atmosphere that we did against Tottenham last Wednesday, then we will definitely have done our bit for the club. Let’s hope that the players – and Arsene Wenger – can learn from the passion of the fans before our patience starts to run out.
It has been a gloomy few days as an Arsenal Addict, but this season looks like it is shaping up to be the tightest Premier League title race yet. Football is a fickle game and it’ll only take a run of good results to have Arsenal competing for the Premier league crown again.