New Years resolutions for Arsenal in 2014

It’s been another year of ups and downs for Arsenal in 2013 so with the year in retrospect, here are some resolutions for 2014.

Stick Together

2013 saw the Arsenal fan base fracture somewhat in the difficult periods especially during the frustrating summer transfer window – the tabloid press were instantly painting the picture of ‘in-fighting’ between discontented sets of supporters as the direction the club was headed in looked unclear.

The ‘in-fighting’ at the top between the two majority stakeholders seemed to set the tone but after this summer’s transfer splash on record signing Mesut Ozil, the fans are now on the same page in support of the manager and, for the most part, the owner.

Trust Wenger

That period of turmoil and turbulence last season as the Gunners crashed out of the domestic cups had many questioning whether Arsene Wenger was still the man capable of bringing trophies back to the Emirates.

There seemed to be confusion about whether he was stubbornly not spending money that was available or whether that money was in fact not available.

The 10-game unbeaten run at the end of last term that saw the Gunners make fourth place restored some of the faith in the Frenchman. Then the signing of Ozil, in which the boss was revealed as the key component in convincing the German to join, had the fans right back behind the boss as they had been for since he arrived in 1996.

Don’t write players off

Another person who the fans lost faith in and patience with was young Aaron Ramsey who had been written off for some poor performances following his return from injury in the past couple of seasons.

This term, the Welshman proved all his doubters wrong to show he is a complete midfielder with all the attributes of a world-class footballer – all he needed was a bit of confidence and now he’s like a machine. He’s the current top scorer for Arsenal and he’s been one of the Premier League’s best players this term.

With that in mind, the fans should give the time and patience Wenger has shown in Ramsey to the likes of Jack Wilshere who is in a very similar position to Ramsey after returning from injury and extend that trust and faith to the likes of Wojceich Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs, Lukas Podolski, captain Thomas Vermaelen, young Yaya Sanogo, and even Nicklas Bendtner.

Show your class

Then, with the season out of the way came the call for Arsene Wenger to spend spend spend as the club and the fans reached boiling point over the lack of star signings this summer. They tried to no avail to sign Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez but with the summer transfer deadline approaching there seemed little hope.

Faith – George Michael

However, on deadline day Arsenal pulled off the record signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and the fans’ faith in the manager and the board was instantly restored.

Smooth Operator – Sade

And as for the new addition, he certainly is a smooth operator in midfield alongside his supporting cast in Aaron Ramsey whose own form has been something of a revelation for Arsenalthis term.