It has been said that Arsenal have come good at the right time as they have finally secured a Champions League place and head to Wembley for the FA Cup final this month in good form. It has also been said that a fourth place finish and an FA Cup win would be a good season for Arsenal. Which, it would be, but it could have been so much better than just good for the Gunners.
For the majority of this season, Arsenal led the way at the top of the Premier League, and as the season progressed, more and more people began to believe that this could be the season that Arsenal win the Premier League again — which would of been the first time since the 2003-04 season. It wasn’t to be, though, as Arsenal slipped from the standards that they were originally setting and lost some crucial games against their title rivals.
Arsenal eventually fell so far that they fell out of the title race and straight into the race to stay in the top four Champions League positions instead. They did finally manage to solidify their place ahead of Everton, and in the end they did come good to eventually accomplish that goal. Arsenal have come good now, but it’s too late.
They didn’t come good at the right time; they came good at the wrong time.
Injuries did not help, as Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere all proved to be big losses at various times in their respective layoffs. But to be champions you need more than just a good team; you need a good squad too. Manchester City are top of the Premier League currently, yet they too have suffered with injuries to star striker Sergio Aguero, along with Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and David Silva throughout the season.
It’s something you have to equip yourself for at the start of the season. Arsenal, it would seem, did not do that, and it has proven to be just one of the reasons why they have not achieved their primary goal of winning the Premier League. No Arsenal fan should be too upset if, as expected, Arsenal finish with a Champions League place and the FA Cup — that would be a good season.
But it still could have been so much better, and that is the one thing Arsenal should look back on with some regret. Indeed, they have come good in the end, but unfortunately, it has just been too late to achieve what they really set out to do.