It’s been a while since I’ve been excited about Arsenal. As the Wenger years ticked down, it became increasingly clear to me that somehow, Gooners were going to have to say goodbye to the man who put Arsenal Football Club on the modern map, an absolute, bona fide club legend. Then came a few brief months of happiness under Unai Emery. We all know how that turned out.
I think the last time I was truly hopeful for this club, for the longer term, was the end of the 2015-16 season. Arsenal had won the FA Cup. It felt as if they choked a Premier League title away in the last third of the season. Manchester City and Liverpool weren’t the powerhouses they are now. It felt as if Arsenal were in line for a return to glory. And, yeah. IT didn’t happen.
It feels as if the Gunners are on the precipice of something great again. I suspect this is how Liverpool supporters felt after they had seen the Jurgen Klopp effect, well, take effect. Let’s be clear, this club has a ways to go, and they would do well to get close to where the Reds are right now, but SOMETHING is happening at the Emirates.
I’m looking forward to watching Arsenal matches. Under Unai Emery, I approached at least half of the games thinking “a draw would be a good outcome.” Now, it feels as if the Gunners can get a result any time they step on the pitch.
This is how it’s supposed to feel. It’s great. Let’s enjoy the ride.