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A Song Of Arse & Fire

Student and gooner, Arsenal remains my one and only love - although Arsene Wenger would run pretty close. Eternal realist and strong believer in securing a long term future over short term trophy aspirations.

The beginning of the end for Wenger

The 'Wenger Out Brigade' has long been a club I had no desire to be a part of. Personal attacks on the manager mixed with symptomatic negativity and delusions of grandeur about the scale of change Usmanov could bring to the club make them a difficult bunch to reason with. But the 'Arsene Knows Best' clan are by far and away worse. Listening to AKBs claim that these heavy defeats against the big sides 'don't matter' has become painful at the least. The unquestioning, and often naïve, level of loyalty they place in him is akin to no other fanbase in the world. It is truly remarkable. Thus for several years now I have sat on the fence, dissociating myself with both groups.

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Looking Forward To Next Season

It's Thursday 3rd April 2014. We are nine days from Arsenal's third ever trip to the New Wembley, and six games from the end of another hugely enjoyable (in the most part) season. Arsenal fans have been able to enjoy a marvellous FA Cup run - vanquishing the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton without ever having to leave the Emirates whilst witnessing the awe-inspiring revival of Aaron Ramsey and a treble over the sh*t from down the road. An end to Arsenal's barren trophy run surely looms with Arsenal odds on favourites now to win football's oldest cup competition and having managed to get through the nightmare run of games without a total capitulation it looks now as if Arsenal will be qualifying for the Champions league for the 17th season in a row. Much to smile about then. Except, it could’ve and perhaps should’ve been so different…

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