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Vote: Can Arsenal “dominate the league” this year?

The Professor isn’t ruling out domestic silverware in 08/09

Arsene Wenger

Despite the fact that Aston Villa can push Arsenal out of the top four with a draw at Hull tonight, Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s season is not yet over, and indeed that there is still time for an epic catch-up. He told The Evening Standard:

“I’m convinced that we are on the right track. We are not missing 10 per cent, we are missing one or two per cent.

“We can get that one or two per cent easily and then we can dominate the league.

“I’m disappointed that the team is not getting the praise or the respect it deserves at the moment, but we have to keep going. We will keep going with this spirit and we will turn people around.

With five league losses at the half-way stage, most would argue that the Gunners should adopt the Real Madrid philosophy of placing all their hopes in a Champions League-shaped basket. Then again, a spot of Positive Mental Attitude may be just what the doctor ordered for a side low on confidence.

So, is Professor Wenger being a little heavy-handed with his optimism, or can Arsenal be “rewarded in 2009 because they deserve it”, as the manager himself puts it? Votes and comments below, please…

8 responses so far
  • Clock End Gooner // December 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I love Wenger and everything he has done for our football club… but I’m seriously starting to question his sanity!

    This current group of Arsenal player, is by far, the worst squad Wenger has ever had at Arsenal… it’s clear for all to see, just look at the results, this season… yet he thinks we can dominate?
    Last season, we needed 2 or 3 more players to finish off the squad! Instead we lost Diarra, Flamini, Hleb, Gilberto, Senderos and a few others and he replaces them with FUCK ALL (accept Nasri, who is doing well)…!!


  • yunusa jibo // December 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    yes arsenal can dominate leaque this season if we put our house in order by sign more player aded to the current one. so there is hope. gunner’s for life

  • BadgerVilla // December 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    HaHa, us Villans are gunning for you and Whinger knows we’re going to get you. About time someone broke this so called top 4 and we have everyone hoping we can do it, because the game needs it, simple as, imo.

  • tinker // December 30, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Possible if they buy a complete squad in Jan and they then blend very quickly. Don’t think Arsenal have slipped that much, its the other teams catching them up thats hurting and it ain’t gonna get any easier. UTV

  • Fancy Dan // December 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Arsene is in denial. It’s pathetic, really.

  • Raph88 // December 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    if fancy dan is right (which he is), this is what we can look forward to in then near future:
    2. Anger
    3. Bargaining (hopefully in the transfer market for the sake of arsenal fans)
    4. Depression
    5. Acceptance (i.e. the sack when he doesn’t even make the ‘eu uefa europa small vase’ or w/e they’re calling all the worthless competitions these days)

  • bob marley // December 31, 2008 at 6:24 am

    i will be very surprised if arsenal qualifies for champions league. folks are really underrating villa

  • fourstar // December 31, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Once you’ve all calmed down a bit, no we cannot ‘dominate’ but we can finish in the CL places. Villa have been as inconsistent as we have (they only just scraped through against Hull, much as we did at home to Pompey) and the second half of the season will be very interesting to watch. Wenger will buy in January but of the names being bandied about, I have no idea who it will be, given the cup-tied aspect and the fact that the CL and FA Cup seem the best hope of silverware this year.

    Also, will Gerrard get banged up or will the court case happily coincide with the end of the season due to some clever lawyerly manipulation? That might prove key to LFC’s title hopes. Watch Man U hunt them down, again, like they always do, regrettably.

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