FTK Blog: Happy New Year!

Another year has passed at Arsenalinsider, and here the changes in contributors and site design underline what a turbulent year 2009 has been on many fronts. Arsenalinsider continues to inform and entertain Gooners around the world. Our community is strong and I thank all of you regular Insiders who continue to support Arsenalinsider in it’s efforts to promote original writing about Arsenal Football Club. Yes I have criticized players, the manager and the Board, but always in an objective and constructive manner. I feel humble that Gooners in their thousands regularly log on to share in my love of the Arsenal and who appreciate my blog’s ability to communicate and debate the topical issues of the day.
There are many ways in which a blog is supported, some blogs pride themselves upon the sheer number of comments received, many of which are a total waste of ink and merely the extrovert pompous ramblings of individuals who talk about anything other than football and Arsenal. We have a chat facility for those inclined to indulge in this pastime. However where Arsenalinsider is different relates to our content. I make no apologies for wanting to brand Arsenalinsider as a thinking Gooners blog. Any sex, religion, age and culture is catered for even though much of the writings will undoubtedly have a North London bias.
Those Gooners who want to exchange obscenities and bully fellow contributors know which blogs to frequent. Those wish to gorge themselves on tabloid speculation and the gossip trail of fanciful copy also know where to go. If you as an Arsenal fan wish to have a daily dose of original Arsenal content from unofficial sources, which is well composed and which stimulates the intellectual areas of the brain, then you can be reassured that Arsenalinsider must be one on your lists of blogs to visit. Despite the challenges and attacks that we have had to suffer, we are passionate in our desire to keep going and push the boundaries of what you can expect to read.
I expect Arsenal to push on in the New Year and following the key fixtures from January 27 when we play Aston Villa, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool, this will determine whether we are going to win the Premier league title in 2010. I recall predicting that this squad was not strong enough to win th Premier league after the summer transfer window, but even allowing for injuries and suspensions what Arsene Wenger has done is to keep the club in touch with our rivals. yes, we have benefited from the others losing too, but the most important result was the recent beating og Aston Villa. No one gave us a prayer. I am quietly confident that Arsene Wenger will deliver us a trophy this season, and if we it is to be the Premier league, then thst victory will be even more of a statement given the age of the squad and the lack of big money signings.
So what to look forward too in 2010? sadly I fear that the club will become the private property of one of the Billionaires Stan Kroenke or Alisher Usmanov. Kroenke is in the pole position and with the aid of a financial backer or the sale of some of his sports franchises in the States he should prevail. Arsenal’s young stars will continue to impress. I expect 2010 to be a key year for Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott. Theo must make that step up soon and hopefully Carlos Vela will be retained by the club and become the formidable striker that his talent promises. We have Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Keiron Gibbs, Carlos Vela, Fran Merida and Sanchez Watt who will step up to the first team. Alexandre Song has established that he is the best defensive midfielder in the league, and if we can hold onto Fabregas then 2011 will be a fantastic year for Arsenal Football Club. Even more so if Arsene Wenger renews his contract after the expected takeover.
Happy New Year to all Gooner across the world and may 2010 bring you prosperity, happiness and of course more love of the Arsenal!

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