Sunday, May 07, 2006
Perfect. Just perfect.
What more can you say?
What a game! What a day! I envy all of you who went to Highbury - I want my free t-shirt!
We did things the hard day today - much like we have done all season. Wigan were certainly not going to roll over and let the celebrations begin. They fought and made a real game of it. All credit to them: they've been a breath of fresh air this year into what had been becoming an increasingly stale premiership. But we fought, and we won, and in the end, as TH said, the league table doesn't lie.
Today was a beautiful, and a more than fitting tribute to our great stadium. In some ways, finishing fourth is more fitting than winning the league. Just like the move to the Emirates stadium, finishing fourth is the start of something new. A new team of youngsters with fantastic potential has been blooded this year: hopefully, the only way is up from here.
It can't of been Tel's last game either. He chose his words carefully in the interview- never really directly saying anything about next year, or playing at the Emirates. But his intent seemed pretty clear in his celebrations. It was almost as if he was revelling in the fact he can now stay: we've proved to him, I hope, that we can match his ambitions. If today was his last game for the club - shudder - he coudn't, and we couldn't, have asked for anything more. His performance was extraordinary. He swaggered through the match, bringing deft touches, and sublime skill to his every intervention with play. I feel priviliged that he is an Arsenal player, and I truly hope he continues to be one.
It's been a tough season - but in the last game at Highbury, a vision of the, potential, future was glimpsed. The personnel we have at the club, when mixed with a few new buys, have the potential to be even greater than the invincibles.
So thanks to Dennis, and thanks to Highbury.
Now let's see where this club can go.