Arsenal: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 2012


Myself and Savvy Gooner have been looking back at the year of 2012 in football and we have decided to compile a list of the good, bad and ugly from each Premier League club’s year. We will be publishing these over the next couple of weeks so look out for your team. In our first post I take a look at Arsenal.

The Good

There were surprisingly a few good parts to Arsenal’s year despite it being a rough one. Game results such as beating Spurs 5-2 twice, Blackburn Rovers 7-1 and Man City 1-0 in April with a superb Arteta goal and our 2nd leg comeback attempt against AC Milan were all incredible games to watch.

Regaining a 13 point deficit to finish 3rd was quite a good moment of this year also we got to use the Mind the Gap back on the Spurs fans who started it.

The signings we made in the summer were also a good investment, mainly Santi Cazorla. If we hadn’t managed to get him I wouldn’t like to think where we would be right now. Cazorla is phenomenal and I hope he stays a gooner for a long time.

Henry returned on loan to Arsenal in January.

The Bad

It was the year of the bad for Arsenal. We failed to win anything for a 7th season and the hopes that happening in the next few years are slipping further and further away too.

Players such as Chamakh, Gervinho, Santos, Arsharvin, Squallaci, Djourou, Diaby and Flappyhandski still remain on the payroll.

We had our worst start to a Premier League campaign in 30 years and have had a terrible run of results which has led to us being 7th in the league and there is huge unrest amongst, players, management, the board, AST and fans.

Selling Van Persie to Man United was such a bad move for Arsenal. We sold our best player to our rival team and it has been our biggest loss in years. The only reason this isn’t below in the ugly part is because ultimately Van Persie still picked United over City.

Arsene Wenger…his worst year as manager and I think the frenchman has lost his touch. Bad tactics, poor signings, odd perception of player’s talent, his explanations and match summaries have left a lot to be desired this year also.

The Ugly

The overall state that the team is in at the moment is ugly. No passion or morale, sub-standard performances from sub-standard players, terrible tactics and the inability to explain to fans just why we are in this situation.

Getting knocked out of the Capital one cup by Bradford was the ugliest point for Arsenal. A second division team out-classed and out-played our first team of ‘stars’. It was a real eye-opening moment…the true indicator of where Arsenal truly stand now.

The Arsenal board situation is ugly, they have priced fans out of attendance, they have put finance before football and above all they have lied so many times that nobody knows what the truth is anymore.

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