Is Winning A Curse?
Last night I dug out an Arsenal DVD and watched with immense pleasure - it was a nostalgic experience. Winning the league at White Hart Lane, going through a Premiership season unbeaten and witnessing some of the best football I have ever seen.
But this of course was only 2 years ago.
As I watched the title celebrations we would see Vieira, Campbell, Bergkamp, Pires, Cole, Reyes, Parlour, Kanu and the other players who have left (and will soon depart) and you can see that as long as your winning there are no problems.
When things are great, everything is perfect.
But unless you can keep up this level of success then you will find cracks appearing. How the hell can you top an unbeaten Premiership season?
And it only took one season of not winning the league for the real personalities of our players to come through.
Cole went and talked to Chelski, Vieira ‘didn’t feel loved anymore’, Reyes got hoaxed by a Spanish Radio Station and Pires wanted a two-year deal but didn’t get one.
Even Henry needed a season to decide whether his future was with Arsenal.
But now Arsene has assembled a new squad with young, hungry players that have something to prove and will want to build on the success in the Champions League.
Cesc looks like he has improved on last season, Hleb & Adebayor will be better for having a season under their belts, Rosicky will add to our team and Titi will have a clearer mind now he has committed his future with Arsenal.
Manchester United have suffered after their success in the 90’s and Liverpool finally look like top-level contenders after dominating the 80’s. Chelski are having the best of it at the moment but let’s hope that Arsenal don’t wait ten years before getting back on top!
I wonder if Chelsea will see any cracks appearing this season…