We’ve all been there as football fans. Your team get off to a blinding start and, against the odds, continue to lead the table going into the New Year. Then the injuries start to mount up, the squad starts to get stretched and you suffer from some lousy results on the pitch.
It’s therefore disappointing to hear Arsenal fans with half a brain moaning about how Arsenal are unlikely to win any silverware this season and how Arsene Wenger should have signed some players during the January transfer window. Le Boss is clearly a victim of his own success, raising expectations of the fans after his team led the Premier League for much of the season and now being criticised by some sections of support for now splashing the cash. As he explains in The Sun, he would have signed players if he’d been in possession of a crystal ball.
“I know that we have a rich budget and, when the stadium is paid for, we have a big financial potential. But I also feel some young players have made a big progress and will be better players next year.
“I could have spent in the January transfer window but I did not know then that Eduardo, Robin van Persie and Tomas Rosicky would all be out at the same time.
“The turning point was losing Eduardo when we were already without Van Persie and Rosicky. If we’d had everyone available we would still have been top of the table.”
Indeed, even if the Gunners don’t win the title (which is looking increasingly likely), it’s an outstanding achievement that they have run the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea so close this season, despite spending a fraction of their competitors outgoings.