We’ve spoken about it before and we’ll speak about it until we’re blue in the face: the international break is almost over, and domestic football is almost upon us. It’s a wonderful thing to behold, but we can’t allow the excitement to cloud over the fact that this is going to be a very stressful point of the campaign for Arsenal.
In fact we’d even argue that this is going to be Unai Emery’s biggest moment to prove himself and that’s no exaggeration. While he’s done a great job over the course of the last few months since taking charge, it’s no secret that things have calmed down a little bit in recent weeks. Of course, because of the nature of the unbeaten run it’s easy for fans to dismiss that and say ‘oh it doesn’t matter at least we’re still not losing games’ – but it’s a mentality like that which will lead to complacency.
It sounds ridiculous for us, some writers, to tell a professional football club what to do, but we just need to see them stay focused because even the slightest slip up right now could cause a ripple effect which leads to a streak of an entirely different kind. That isn’t a guarantee because nothing is in the Premier League, but something that we’ve realised could prove to be the difference maker is the lack of a winter break for Emery.
Making a statement
He isn’t used to that and it could wind up throwing him off of his game, although we are thinking in terms of a ‘worst case scenario’ here. Either way it sounds like we’re babbling on and the reason for that is probably because the end is in sight, and we can see Arsenal Football Club stepping foot back on the hallowed turf of the Emirates. Isn’t that exciting?
We’ll run through the schedule as we make our way closer and closer towards the big day (even though it isn’t really a big day because the season has already been going for three months now), but nonetheless, let’s just enjoy this. It’s going to be one hell of a ride over the next few weeks and we need to prepare ourselves for that, because otherwise, an implosion could be imminent.
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