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02-01-2013, 06:12 AM
Stray Wasp
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Originally Posted by arsmaster View Post
I disagree.

Adding doesn't make it better, improving the squad does....

The 6 week loan of Thierry Henry did more for that squad than it will ever get credit, not to mention Arsenal weren't in 6th, hadn't sold their best player to Man Utd of all places, and that player is now leading them to the title.

Arsenal are in 6th....way worse shape than last year, with a worse squad....

It's all about expectations, but I'm finished ranting about it.
On 1st February 2012, Arsenal drew 0-0 at Bolton. That result left them with the following record:

Played 23, won 11, drawn 4, lost 8, goals for 39, goals against 33, points 37

Their league position was seventh and they were five points behind the team in fourth, with inferior goal difference.

Granted, they then embarked on a run of nine wins from ten games, but compared with this very day twelve months ago, Arsenal are one place higher, one point nearer to fourth place, they have lost fewer games, scored more goals and conceded less. They have better goal difference than the team in fourth.

I don't mean to try and say that Arsenal fans have nothing to complain about. I wouldn't deny that Arsene Wenger has a permanent case of beer-goggles with some of his players, especially goalkeepers and defenders. Yet, judged purely in terms of results they aren't worse off than they were twelve months ago, for all that they've lost the sainted Van Persie (and Song) and failed to spend a hundred billion dollars.

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