I’ve deliberately allowed the dust to settle following the end of the season from an Arsenal perspective. It’s hard to summarise this season in a few words because its been a roller coaster. But bathed in the sunshine as I watched our players enjoy a lap of honour, I couldn’t help but smile and think back. They deserved every second of that lap, hammering a hapless Wolves was a nice way to end but the moments they’ve given us this season will live long in the memory. And this is just the beginning. The future is bright.

The last day of the season usually has a party feel, there’s a reasonable chance the weather is good and the beer flows readily. And if your boys put on a show on the pitch then even better. And if a player who has risen from the ashes scores a brace in his last game then better still. There was however one major difference with nearly every other home game this year, the feeling of complete ease in the pubs around the ground. That party feel was alive and kicking.

I won’t go into the match because it was a null event. The match was great and we thrashed Wolves but it was all pretty much irrelevant. However the number of people that stuck around to clap the players around the pitch shows that there is a belief that this team can go on to do great things. At the time of writing we’ve tied down our assets (including Saliba) meaning that the focus is now on arrivals and departures. I’m fairly certain that there will be a number of players leaving this summer from across the spectrum. Xhaka will depart the first team after his rebirth in recent seasons which should be applauded by all. But I feel that the likes of Balogun, Patino and possibly Nketiah may go on to seek pastures new. But that’s just football.

With the window officially open the nonsense can start, if it hadn’t already. The club have got a big summer coming up as always. But the future is bright, believe fellow Gooners.



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