Maybe it’s just the air of the moment, like that taste of salt that you get, letting you know that the beach is near. We’re third in the Premiership. Arsenal are fifth. They’re also 5 points away from Champion’s league places and if I had to put money on the table (which I’d be reluctant to do; as this season just has to have Swansea finish in a Euro cup spot to confirm that it has ingested some kind of metaphorical crystal meth) it wouldn’t be on Arsenal finishing above our troubled neighbours in blue.
But that’s just stating what it clear to anyone who can absent mindedly look at the Premier League Table. What I want to do is cast people’s memories back over 10 years to the summer of 2001. The table back them looked very different to the one we see now; aside from United making their stalwart appearance at the top. Our team was captained by a man who’s contract with Spurs ended that season. His name? Just one Sol Campbell, a name leaves a bitter taste in the throats of many spurs fans today. The following season, Arsenal won the league.
So what relevance does that have for us today? Well, let’s just remember about how these tides seem to be turning; it appears for the first time in a long while that we’re the top London side in the Premiership. I’ll just savour that taste until the next sentence. I’m not going to say we’ll be there forever, or god forbid, that we’ll definitely be there at the end of the season. I’m not sure what to expect from this season at all any more, save for QPR to attempt to buy anything that moves. All I know is that for this moment of glorious time, the tables seem to be turning; we’re solidifying ourselves as playing some of the best football in Britain at the moment (yea, take that, SPL). All of this is while Arsenal are losing their key players left, right and centre and falling unceremoniously down the table.
Which, I’m sure you’re relieved to hear, actually brings me to my point; maybe it’s time for some revenge? There’s a beloved player that Arsenal hold dear, who has been falling out with the management recently. He’s also at the end of his contract in the Summer. We happen to be falling short in one department this year that this man certainly isn’t. You know who it is, don’t you? We couldn’t! He’d never leave them! I’m not saying he will, but he might, and by god; wouldn’t that just taste delicious?