So, we can now probably assume that after Leicester’s win against Newcastle that the title is a 2 horse race. This means that we are all probably going to become Leicester fans until the end of the season, and if you look at what they have achieved who really should deny them now at this stage.
Obviously, in this league anything can happen but that would mean winning at Everton and West Ham away which would be a miracle and won’t happen, not to mention the 11 points we are behind. It would need to be a monumental fall from Leicester now at this stage.
I feel a little for Arsene Wenger this week as an away trip to Barcelona chasing a 2 goal deficit is the last thing you’d want when your team is in such disarray, and lets be honest this is now a crisis regardless of how he dresses it up. But what does he do on Wednesday night? There is a snowballs chance in hell that we will get anything at the Camp Nou, and I would say its more than likely we will get completely schooled by one of the best sides if not the best side in world football currently. Does he play a very weakened side with Everton in mind and inevitably lose, or does he play our best side, risk injuries, likely lose and leave ourselves exposed for Everton which is the early kick off on Saturday?
I am not sure, but what I do know is that we will be taking a decent amount of fans there to see us put up some sort of fight and I would be telling those guys now to be looking at this trip as a holiday with open top tours around the city and drinking Sangria whilst mooching around Las Ramblas.
Last night was a strange one, on one hand I wanted Newcastle to get a result, which you’d have to say was possible bearing in mind it is the first time Benitez has lost his first game with a new club. But at the same time a defeat would put that other lot in a prime position to pounce. I can’t remember such a horrible end to a season. Normally we are in 4th or 5th at this stage ahead of Spurs on a run to cement our Champions League progress for the following season. But this year its like, come to our sweet shop, look at all the things you could so easily have had…but don’t touch.
Its a pitiful way to end the season, no drama to get us excited, or at least the drama is all negative. This season is like going out and buying the biggest rocket firework, bringing it home with your dad and then watching it fizz out still stuck in the grass. Then after a few seconds your dad is brave enough to go and touch it with his foot and it fizzes off into a bush.
I am and have always been a fan of the manager but now I am even thinking would a new brush sweep us clean? Possibly. But based on this I would like to propose the questions that no one has yet given me an answer:
If Wenger goes, then what?
If our club is a business then why would you make a business decision without a new plan in place?
When is it ever right to allow emotion to run a business?
I have the word business but this does not mean I view the club as a money making tool like the current board, but in a way we need to make sure that we are making the right choices for the right reasons.
Personally I would love the side to finish the season in style and win the Premier League, obviously this is unlikely but it can happen. At this stage we need to look at the title as finishing above Spurs. If we can do that I would have some satisfaction at least.