There are just few hours left before we enter the New Year ‘2012’ with lots of hopes and wishes in mind. Arsenal fans are also perhaps wishing and praying for a very successful 2012. The North London side may not have won any title in 2011, but there were some exciting prospects of ending their six-year trophy drought.
Wenger boys reached the final of League Cup last season, only to be defeated by Birmingham City after conceding a late goal caused by a defensive howler. They were serious title contender in the Premier League until February. However, Arsenal’s 2-1 home victory over Barcelona was perhaps the highlight of the season, even though they failed to progress beyond the last 16 in Champions League.
Here, I have made a list of top ten wishes that any Arsenal fan would love to see turn true in 2012. You can add to the wishes in the comment section.
1. Captain Robin van Persie signs a new contract in what would ensure his staying with the Gunners beyond the end of the next season when his current contract expires.
2. The Dutch forward continues his high-flying scoring form, and most importantly, stays fit throughout the year.
3. They continue their run in Championship League, by finishing in the top four in the league.
4. Arsenal wins silverware in 2012, and thus, putting an end to their six-year period without a trophy.
5. Arsenal gets out of the seemingly ‘never-ending’ injury crisis which made Emirates its favorite home over the last few seasons.
6. Wenger continues making astute signings as he has been doing for a long time.
7. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turns out to be a top class ‘surprise’ performer as was Jack Wilshere last season (2010-11).
8. After a long time, Arsenal got a pair of reliable hands under the posts in Wojciech Szczęsny. Hopefully, the Polish custodian continues his fine run of form next year too.
9. Jack Wilshere along with a group of important players including fullbacks like Andre Santos, Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson returns from injury ahead of schedule.
10. Talented young players like Ryo Miyaichi, Emmanuel Frimpong, Francis Coquelin and Ignasi Miquel get matured and start making impact in the first team.