Arsene Wenger was asked for his assessment of 2016 at his press conference today, and the Arsenal manager said, ‘David Bowie died in January, it’s all gone to shit since then.
“There’s no denying it. The Thin White Duke was the glue holding the fabric of society together and when he died there’s been nobody to stop the mayhem. I mean, look at it all, WTF!!”
Ok, he didn’t say that, but I he probably wanted to. Instead, he boringly talked about football, Arsenal, and the Premier League in general.
On the Gunners calendar year, he said, “I assess it in two parts. We finished second in the league, that was last year. It was the Leicester year – 2016.
“Overall, for us it was disappointing not to win the league. After that the second half of 2016, this season, we have moved our level up.”
Before touching on the Premier League in general, saying the quality of the football hasn’t been as good as he’d expected considering the managerial and playing talent in England.
“We’re in the middle of the championship now and overall it was a very promising with the best managers in the world all in the Premier League competing,” he said.
“It promised to be an exceptional year. Until now I think it was disappointing on all levels because we, the Premier League, have not produced the games that are remembered.
“I’m convinced that the second half of the season, the level and the spectacularity of our league, will go up. We have some responsibility to do that and to achieve that.
“I think everybody is first under pressure not to lose. Every game has become so important.
“Maybe as well, the difference between the favourite teams and the smaller teams…some teams just defend, you know. I just feel there is more in the league than has been produced. I include myself in that.
“You always think that a Premier League year is remembered by the two or three games that were absolutely spectacular. At the moment we have not produced that as a league. I include myself. We have the best managers in the world in this league.
“I’m sure in the second part of the season, when everybody has really to go for it…when it’s not ‘wait and see’ but ‘go and take’…I’m confident you’ll see spectacular games. We’ve not completely produced that. It’s a very good league.
“Every game is absolutely super difficult but the spectacular side that everybody expected until now has not come out of this league yet.”
Let’s hope that spectacularity, as he puts it, includes a massive unbeaten run from his team. We could get behind that in 2017, no question.