You might have noticed how quiet I’ve been recently about Arsenal, my “other” team beyond DC United. Don’t be confused, I follow Arsenal obsessively, reacting with horror at every top player we decline to sign and praying that Arsene Wenger is right that a teenage Jack Wilshire can support Mathieu Flamini in the center of midfield.
Anyway, the reason I have been quiet is that I am absolutely certain that this is the year the Wenger’s arrogance and refusal to acquire depth will finally doom Arsenal to crash out of the top 4 – not forever, just for this season. Maybe I was wrong, but I thought we were finally done with Senderos after last year, evidently not.
Even more worrying is the prospect of Tottenham replacing Arsenal in the top 4. I think Spurs have done extraordinarily well during the offseason, and if they manage to get Andrei Arshavin they’ll have done that much better.
Ed and I will have more on the EPL season as it approaches. I am not going to do a full preview, because frankly what can my preview add that 30 other more-knowledable publications can’t? So I will be focusing Arsenal, Ed will presumably focus on Manchester United, and at least we’ll find common ground goofing on Lifton’s Liverpool.
PS: Our new home shirts, as seen above, suck. We have a simple shirt, red body w/white sleeves. Why does Nike insist on screwing around with it. The away shirt, on the other hand, is quite nice.