The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty


I haven’t written much here about Arsenal this season. There’s a few reasons for that, but it boils down to this: Arsenal in the last several seasons have been exactly the same team each year, with minor variations- beautiful in attack, disordered in defense, intensely injury-prone, very young, prone to collapses in confidence, but also able on their day to rip apart any team in the world. They will have days- weeks, months- where they look like the best team in the world; but they never have had, post-Invincibles, full seasons when they look that way. To my mind there’s just not a lot left to be said about this team which breaks any new ground- the tactics are the same, the goals are the same, the frailties are the same; so far the results are the same. When one or more of these things change then there will be new words to write. As it is the team stands on the doorstep of the biggest game of the season and the top three news items are: 1. Van Persie out injured for 5 months, 2. Arshavin doesn’t want to play football now that Russia are out of the World Cup and 3. Arsene Wenger says it’s time for his team to prove themselves. I feel like I’ve been reading at least two of those stories forever, and the spirit of the other is not unfamiliar. If Arsenal can beat Chelsea, then that potentially represents a huge step forward; a loss, and the team is 11 points back with their top striker out until half past forever, looking at another year of hoping for a lucky run in a cup. Either a new story begins or the same one ends the same way. We’ll see.


November 29, 2009 - Posted by | The Arsenal


  1. Can you highlight in recent or not-so recent times when Arsenal have “on their day [been able] to rip apart any team in the world”?

    Comment by Booby Smalls | November 30, 2009 | Reply

  2. Well, it has been nearly a decade (since 2000/1) since they finished outside the top 3 goal-scoring teams in the Premier League, for one thing. They’re currently joint first.

    Comment by theshipbesinking | December 1, 2009 | Reply

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