- Written by Daniel Hobson
With the Premier League drawing to a close it is time to consider the end of season awards.
Player of the year
Player of the season should be between Mertesacker and Koscielny. There’s not much difference between them but for me it has to go to Per Mertesacker. He has been ever present and contributed to the great defensive work Arsenal have done this year.
Mertesacker scored the crucial goal in the FA cup semi-final atoning for his error when conceding the penalty. Furthermore, he has become a real leader and has the potential to become a legend at this football club.
- Written by Toby Moss
As the season draws to a close, people are naturally looking back over the past 9 months. Consequently, many online articles are being published about the “Premier League’s Top 10 Flops” and other utter nonsense created to generate hits. A worryingly high percentage of these lists featured Arsenal’s record signing, Mesut Ozil. They are not only wrong, but to a certain extent, this was always going to happen.
Background- Building him up
Deadline day 2013 had come, and Arsenal had only re-signed a player who had left the club in 2008 and signed an unknown injury-prone 20 year old. The summer had been filled by stories of the size of Arsenal’s “war chest”, which subsequently fuelled tabloid speculation linking Arsenal to every player under the sun, which only furthered Arsenal fans’ desperation for a big-name signing.
- Written by Jason Phillips
In the past year, it has not only been the Arsenal squad who have had an influential new addition to the ranks, in the form of Mesut Özil.
Like a new signing
Arsenal fans were delighted to announce the signing of an individual who would, in such a short space of time, become the motivational and reasonable representative of the faithful supporters.
Meet Robbie Lyle. Born in North West London, Robbie started Arsenal Fan TV midway through the 2012/2013 season, using the platform as an opportunity to give the loyal Gooners a voice on everything to do with the club.
With over 19 million views at the time of writing, the online channel continues to go leaps and bounds, with a website, twitter page and clothing brand all now fully developed.
- Written by Verrol Tomlinson
It is now time for Wenger to go, not in disgrace but with our undiluted gratitude. No one excels in prison and he is now a prisoner of his own rhetoric, his own framework.
Victoria Concordia Crescit once bellowed from the terraces but today, that harmony is lost. Lost to imagery, frugality and well-timed statements designed to extract even the whistle from our pockets.
With five games to the end of a season that promised so much, it will shortly be time for evaluation future planning. That plan should not consult the architect of stagnation.
Wenger has been a godsend. It has been due to the pain of adversity, Wright and Bergkamp that I've from 5000 miles away became an ordained Arsenal fan and it has been the Wenger doctrines upon which sermons have been based but alas, tenets and faith require sustenance.
- Written by Jason Phillips
The past few months have seen Pharell’s number one hit ‘Happy’ put millions around the world in a good mood. People are laughing, dancing around while one man stands in the shadows, pondering his next move.
With his contract up in the summer, Arsène Wenger has a decision to make – is he happy enough to keep the fans clapping along, if that’s what they feel like they want to do.
No matter what happens, there will come a time that Le Professeur decides to seek pastures new, retiring or fulfilling his dream of managing the French national side.
This may be a possibility in the foreseeable future, the French Football Association reportedly interested in Wenger taking the side to the European Championships hosted in their country.