Monthly Archives: June 2012

Arsenal’s ’11-’12 season reviewed – Part II.

Best signing of the season: Mikel Arteta.

Mikel was regarded a “panic buy” by many as we failed to seal the signature of Mata and couldn’t convince the loyal Gotze, but when the Spaniard was given a chance, all the doubters were silenced. He cemented a place in the centre of midfield ahead of Rambo once he got into his stride.
His unique partnership with Song allows the Cameroonian to get forward a lot more and play those accurate though balls, which have resulting in many, many goals this season courtesy of Robin and The King.
Arteta’s presence has been so important that we struggled to win a handful of games when he was injured, which proved very costly. After Yossi, he’s been the most industrious midfield all season.
There’s honestly nothing which stands out about Mikel as a footballer; he just keeps it simple and gets his job done. He can pass the ball with pin-point accuracy, can throw in some tough tackles and can really let fly when he wants to. Just ask Joe Hart and Shay Given.
Samir who?

Worst signing of the season: Andre Santos.

“Worst” is a very harsh term, but if I had to pick the least impressive signing, it has to be Andre.
The 29 year old was a bit off-pace and overweight on arrival, but took his time and settled down. A true Brazilian by nature; he likes to bomb down the left flank, and more importantly, isn’t afraid to have a go on goal; something which we’re not used to seeing from our full backs. This, however, has proven costly as his forward forays leave a large gap at the back, which have lead to many goals this campaign.
He has a very unusual way of tackling, by having a poke at the ball as opposed to swiping at the attacker, but it has proved rather successful.
Andre has scored some important goals this campaign; equalizers at the Bridge and The Hawthorns, but Gibbs’ increasingly impressive performance earned him a regular place at LB. This type of competition for places is healthy for the side and in a term with 50+ games, rotation is necessary.

(I have not included Park because it’s unfair to judge him, really.)

Best moment of the season: Henry goal vs. Leeds.

The King’s return had to be my most memorable this season. I’m man enough to say that I was left in tears when Thierry hugged Arsene after slotting home against the filthy Leeds.
What a finish. What a comeback. What a legend.
“Henry! Chance! GOAL.” That’s all it took and that’s all the great man needed; one chance and he turned the game on its head. How many times has done that in the past?
The chest-pumping and shouts of “Come on!” are something every Gunner wants to see from their players. He’s passion personified.
He was undoubtedly one of the main reasons I started supporting The Arsenal. Something I will never regret.

Worst moment of the season: Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal.

It was the lowest moment in all my years as an Arsenal fan, there’s no doubt about it.
It was the worst Arsenal XI we fielded all season due to injuries, but it’s no excuse for that kind of score line.
We were absolutely battered in all areas of the pitch, to put it simply. Even if Robin had equalized after Young’s opener, we would have made the trip from Manchester to London empty-handed.
People may argue that that match served as a wake-up call for Arsene, who then splashed the cash in a matter of days, but I never want to witness that kind of torture ever again. It was simply unbearable to watch my boys get ripped to shreds.