Sense Of 'What Might Have Been' About Mission Accomplished

Arsenal have all but achieved their realistic pre-season ambitions, but there is still a nagging sense of what might have been. Alan Pardew just looks like a dead man walking...

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Gab1965 says...

That's Arsenal every season, though, but, to be fair, that is any team that is not spending super owner types of cash. Always wanting for something. Looking at Pardew after the match, I reckon he will be happy to be dismissed.

Posted 2:23pm 30th April 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

an on the beach defence thats all at sea? your big book of metaphors is working well!

Posted 2:11pm 30th April 2014

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It was deliberate. Awkward, but deliberate

Oysterman (Arsenal) says...

It's all about how high the glass ceiling rises. I'm sure Arsenal can massively close the gap on the debtors above (especially if their owner funded spending is constrained). If not, then 3rd/4th and a title challenge and cup run is to be expected, no more. Most of us Arsenal fans shouldn't be conned by media drivel and unrealistic fans who have no grasp on reality,

Posted 1:26pm 29th April 2014

serge blanco (Arsenal) says...

We all know that we need a top class striker and also a top class defensive midfielder, both of whom need to be athletic players who cover the ground. Flamini, Arteta and Giroud are, in my opinion, excellent squad players but we need better to be starting in our best XI. However, just as crucial is a change in big match philosophy from the manager. He needs to start approaching big matches thinking 'how do I counter the opponents strengths'? This is essential away from home, but also at home it needs to be a serious consideration. I saw enough in four matches against Dortmund and then Bayern that we are able to compete far better than we did at Anfield or Stamford Bridge where we played with a high line and got battered. The gameplan at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund (sat deep, soaked up pressure and then only opened up when the opponents tired) should be the template of how we approach these sort of matches on the road. I am not convinced that Wenger will learn his lesson though. I hope I am wrong.

Posted 12:56pm 29th April 2014

youth referee says...

Realistically, Sagna, Vermaelen, Fabianski will be off in the Summer. Add the need for a Striker and another centre back (plus Vermaelen's replacement) and the possibility that Podolski may leave...that leaves Arsenal needing at least five new players in the Summer. I just can't see that happening - so it's one step forwards and two back.

Posted 12:46pm 29th April 2014

dfm says...

There were a number of pundits that predicted that this would be the season that Arsenal fall out of the top 4, particularly when the season kicked off - Ozil hadn't been signed - and Spurs had spent a shed load of money. Personally, I don't think Arsenal will get a better opportunity to be in the title race for quite a few years now - I can see Man City, Chelsea and Man U all strengthening significantly. Liverpool may also continue to compete if they can retain and add to their squad. Although Arsenal may not say it publically, a 4th place finish a few good cup runs may be the height of their ambitions for years to come.

Posted 11:07am 29th April 2014

Jay_D says...

It's gone a little quiet over at Goodison lately, hasn't it? It's easy to dismiss finishing in the top 4, I do it all the time, but it's clearly not as easy as it looks. A top 4 finish and an FA cup win would be an excellent platform for next season, but as always, it won't mean much if we don't strengthen while we have the chance. We half did that last summer and didn't finish the job in January; hopefully, we've (finally) learned from our mistakes. Chelsea, City, United and Liverpool (if they can hold on to Suarez) will all surely be stronger next year so we'll need to improve to simply stand still, let alone progress.

Posted 10:59am 29th April 2014

tk421 says...

@hump, that's good work

Posted 10:21am 29th April 2014

gunner14 (Arsenal) says...

hump...ha ha ha its like you're in the board room with them...."arsene...forget the god damn coat zip and spend some god damn money!"

Posted 9:55am 29th April 2014

dhirt11 (Liverpool) says...

Lol @hump333

Posted 9:36am 29th April 2014

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