We win 6-0, Theo Walcott scores a hat trick and Sebastien Squillaci is signing. More than just this, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie are on the way back to full fitness. Oh, Marouane Chamakh scored his first goal too.
Arsenal fans can enjoy this week knowing things went well over the weekend and look promising for the immediate future. Of course the nature of football is fragile, so delicate that just one seemingly inconspicuous detail can end up being the catalyst for a whirlwind of change. Just like life and all it encompasses then.
Only this time things ‘feel’ different too. There is an optimism at the Emirates unlike any which has surrounded the club for the past eighteen months. This is all very good but it is nevertheless somewhat immaterial. Read the first paragraph again. Have we not been here or somewhere very similar before?
We are not even in the last seven days of August and we are convincing ourselves that we are better than we have been for a long time, set for a sustained title challenge that will this time actually reap rewards. Things can only get better or so we keep telling ourselves. Not me. Until there are four matches left, three of them at home against teams with little to play for and one away against an already relegated Blackpool, and we have a three-point advantage with a fabulous and favourable goal difference to boot I will not believe it is different.
There might be moments I convince myself – this morning, for instance – but I will come to my senses and realise that this is deja vu without the vu vu voom all over again. There is so long to go. Things look promising, yes, but this is ever eternal the Arsenal way.
One frosty morning in Manchester, one wet afternoon in Birmingham, one freezing evening on the Tyne and we might just be where we were last season, or the season before so on and so on. Even now when the rain hits the roof and the pessimism kicks in I think to myself ”it was only Blackpool with ten men. It is only Squillaci, unwanted by Lyon and not great at Sevilla. It is only Van Persie coming back to fitness, he will be injured soon enough again.”
I just can’t sustain the thought as anything more than a dream. Thirty six games to go. That’s what dreams are made of.