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The over-optimism begins

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Professional football is a funny old game, mainly because you can be at the very top one minute and then come crashing down to Earth the next. That sounds a little bit overdramatic but it’s true, and it’s something that many clubs have had to deal with. One team, in particular, who have certainly had their fair share of problems over the course of the last few years has been Arsenal.

False hope?

The Gunners were unable to make much noise in the final few years of Arsene Wenger’s tenure, but as we continue to preach to you all, that’s certainly been changing ever since Unai Emery began his reign. The Spaniard seems to be doing all of the right things, at least, judging by the nine game winning streak that Arsenal fans are enjoying. Unfortunately, because of that streak as well as the fact that the club are now just two points off of leaders Manchester City, there seems to be this newfound belief that Arsenal can win the Premier League this season.

From a statistical point of view it makes sense for them to believe that, but we’re struggling to really come to terms with the idea. Sure, we told fans to give Emery time to develop in case things went south, but the same applies for when things are going well. It’s important to manage realistic ambitions and expectations in order to avoid disappointment, especially given what happened at the start of the campaign.

Happy but not entirely convinced

For those who have forgotten, Arsenal were handily defeated in back to back league games by Chelsea and Manchester City. While they can definitely still win the league even without beating some of the big boys, it makes their task a lot harder and it seems to blur over what the true ‘goal’ is this year.

That is, obviously, to get back into the top four. The Europa League is great and we think it’s desperately underrated as a competition, but it certainly doesn’t compare to the glory that is the Champions League. Arsenal have the stature of a club who should be playing at the highest level in Europe, and that’s where this journey needs to go next. If they win the league and shock the world, then great, but don’t be too disappointed or surprised if that isn’t how it ends up going down.

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