Happy New Year fellow Addicts!
The hangover that was 2008 is well and truly over and the Arsenal start 2009 with a home tie in the FA Cup against Plymouth on Saturday.
I'm not saying we should take the result for granted, but Plymouth aren't exactly Champions League contenders so with any luck Arsene Wenger will be using the relatively quiet build up to the game on the phone trying to bring in some experienced new players to bolster our under-performing squad.
While I remain unconvinced by the rumours linking us with Andrei Arshavin (I also remain unconvinced about the Russian's ability), I have to admit I would love to see Mikel Arteta become an Arsenal player. The Everton midfielder is, in my opinion, one of the Premier League's unsung stars and although he's being touted as a Cesc Fabregas deputy, I could see the two players complementing each other well in the centre of the Gunners' formation.
No doubt we'll see numerous names connected with the club in the coming days, but as this morning marks the first official day at work for Arsenal's new CEO Ivan Gazidis, I reckon we will be seeing some significant announcements sooner rather than later - perhaps before our home game against Bolton next weekend.
Us Arsenal Addict editors will, of course, keep you posted on all the comings and goings at Emirates Stadium during the January transfer window, but as it's a New Year, I though that rather than lament the last 12 months, I'd have a look back at some of the positives during 2008...
Here are my list of 12 positives to look back on during Arsenal's annus horibilis:
- The emergence of the youngest, most exciting team in European football
- That 2-0 away victory over Champions League holders AC Milan making Arsenal the first English team in history to beat the Rossoneri on their home turf
- Eduardo da Silva's return to action
- Robin van Persie remaining free of serious injury
- Finishing third in the league when everyone had written off our chances of even qualifying for the Champions League
- Finishing 37 points above Tottenham
- Bacary Sagna enjoying one of the most impressive first seasons in England that I can remember
- Theo Walcott living up to the hype - including a hat-trick for England
- The emergence of Jack Wilshere
- Emmanuel Adebayor finishing last season as the league's highest scoring striker
- Carlos Vela finally arriving in London afetr an enforced apprenticeship in Spain
- Watching with glee as Tottenham fight for Premier League survival
Think of any other highlights from 2008? Then share them here with your fellow Addicts using our comments section below