For Arsenal Football Club at least, this weekend will signal the end of the footballing season as the final Premiership fixtures are finally concluded when we play Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
So what have we learnt this season?
Have we improved on our last campaign?
There were many highlights this season along with many disappointments.
Arsene’s young guns managed to light up the Carling Cup by reaching the final only to lose against a full-strength Chelsea side, impressively beating Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham along the way.
We also beat Champions Manchester United twice, drew against Chelsea twice and beat Liverpool at home to have the best record against the top 4 clubs.
But of course we crashed out of the Champions League at the first knockout stage and despite impressing in the FA Cup against Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers away, we couldn’t push on and were knocked out against Blackburn Rovers when we were guilty of wastefulness in front of goal.
Something which seems to sum up our season really.
And our inability to beat teams lower in the league remains a problem from last season and our main obstacle in challenging for the league. Away day defeats against Sheffield United, West Ham, Fulham and Everton seem to be the norm nowadays and there’s something missing in the squad – fighters who give everything in every game.
My personal highlight of this season was the win at Old Trafford in September.
Going into that game, Arsenal’s form was poor after failing to win any of their first 3 games while United were flying and had won their first 3 fixtures – and comfortably.
No-one gave Arsenal a chance.
But after dominating the game from start to finishing (and even missing a penalty in the process) Arsenal walked away from Old Trafford with all 3 points – and deservedly so. Adebayor was the man to score the decisive goal on 86 minutes after Fabregas stole the ball from Ronaldo and slipped in a quite brilliant through-ball.
There was fresh optimism after that match – Arsenal had improved on last season and were genuine title challengers! No more lacklustre away days in the North, Arsenal had finally got their act together.
But as the season ends we know that wasn’t the case at all.
So what was your highlight of the season?