Yesterday was yet another predictable performance and result – so much so that I put a bet on Arsenal to lose 3-0 and 3-1, therefore making a tidy profit:
Thanks @Arsenal, the predictability has once again made me some money. Had bets on 3-0 and 3-1 to Liverpool so made a tidy profit ????
— Mike (@afc4life_uk) March 4, 2017
It’s the same old story with Arsenal isn’t it? In terms of guarantees, Arsenal have become so consistent it’s easy to predict what will happen in a typical Arsenal season.
Here are just a few of the following:
- Arsenal will challenge for the title until about February / March, at which point the wheels will come off and we’ll end up fighting for 4th spot.
- Arsenal will overcome some late scares and achieve 4th spot.
- We will reach the last 16 in the Champions League, and then get battered by Barcelona or Bayern Munich..
- We will lose at Anfield, conceding quite a few goals in the process.
- We will lose at Stamford Bridge, conceding quite a few goals in the process.
- We will travel to Old Trafford full of confidence and form, but either lose or draw because the Arsenal team have bottled it and couldn’t go and get the win.
I could go on and on, but won’t.
It’s reached a point where I’ve almost lost the will to live. I’ve not supported, but loved Arsenal since 1988. I’ve seen the George Graham years, the Bruce Rioch years and the Arsene Wenger years. They’ll all had highs and lows (except for the Rioch era where it was mainly lows) but what’s worse is the mind-numbing predicability of Arsenal.
We have no leaders, we need a world class striker, we’re missing a top class goal keeper, we have too many injuries – it’s the same old shit year after year, campaign after campaign, season after season.
Now don’t get me wrong, the consistency Arsene Wenger has brought to the club in terms of Champions League football year after year is impressive and whatever your feelings about the man – no club in Europe has enjoyed that kind of consistency of the last 20 odd years – even powerhouses like Real Madrid and Barcelona have finished outside the Top 4 in that time. If you asked any owners of any club, they would most likely snap up Arsene Wenger in a heart beat.
But for the fans, it’s just boring. We pay the highest ticket prices in the league (and I think in Europe actually) but don’t get the success. I think it’s got to the point where if you asked any Arsenal fan they would tell you that they would get rid of Arsene Wenger and risk finished 7th in the table just so that it’s something different. It’s the predictability and refusal to change and adapt which is the killer.
But why not make some money from the predictability? After all, there’s a lot of offers to get through these days.
But good news, Arsene Wenger is going to stay! Most of you will laugh at that but trust me, come back to this in 5 months and I’ll be saying I told you so!