The 10 stages of being an Arsenal fan every winter

Optimism

A good start, some encouraging results… a title charge? Who knows? After all, Arsenal have a squad capable of competing with Manchester City and play, on their day, the best football in the league. It’s on, isn’t it?

Injuries, injuries and more injuries

Arsenal injuries

Oh dear, 10 players out with all manner of muscular injuries. What are they training on in north London? A concrete pitch while wearing lead-lined boots? Oh well, Arsenal will be strong again when the whole squad is fit.

Waiting for Jack Wilshere to return…

Like Tom Hanks in Castaway… ‘WILSHEEEEEEEERRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEE’.

January transfer hopes…

Mid December rolls around… only 15 or so days until January and the possibility of signings. The striker the club need? The defensive midfielder missing since Patrick Vieira? A commanding centre-back? The possibilities are endless.

Wenger out…

Out

Ahhhhhhh, a few losses and all of a sudden Wenger’s reign depends on getting that ‘big name’ in…

Big targets, big excitement

Karim Benzema boarding a plane from Madrid to London Heathrow? William Carvalho spotted prowling the streets of north London? Was that a mention of Mats Hummels? It’s the hope that’ll kill ya…

Waiting for a deal

Erm… Arsene, it’s January 20th now, when’s that signing coming in?

Wenger refusing to put his hand in his pocket

‘Reports suggest Wenger has baulked at the fee Team Y want for Player X…’ It must be that zip.

Ending up with Kim Kallstrom on loan

Simpsons mob

Uh oh… An injured, ageing Swede on loan from Russia… Get the pitchforks ready!

Wenger out… AGAIN

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand repeat!