The Oklahoma City Thunder won the draft. This was the first year in my Thunder fandom where I was nervous about the draft. This was going to be the make-or-break it for the rebuild. For Thunder fans in the last ten years, the draft meant drafting raw athletic long-term projects with later picks. Players like Josh Huestis, Terrance Ferguson, and...
Far-Fetched Friday: Arsenal FC Win Major Trophy by 2023
If you're an Arsenal fan, watching David Luiz hand Manchester City their 7th victory in a row over Arsenal must have been infuriating. On the other hand, it might be the most impressive feat we have seen in that amount of game-time since Lewandowski scored five goals in 9 minutes of gameplay all the way back in 2015. In just 6 minutes of gameplay, David Luiz gave up a goal with a miss-hit clearance, then followed that by giving up a PK while simultaneously receiving a red card. It's hard to do what he did in that small amount of time. His performance is the perfect example of where Arsenal are at as a club.
That is what makes this Far-Fetched Friday so bold.
Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday, we predict that the Gunners will return to their glory days.
I am predicting that by 2023 Arsenal will either be the Premier League or Champions League champions. It sounds like false hope, but last year, I detailed how Liverpool went from an 8th placed finish in 2016 to a Champions League trophy in 2019 and a Premier League championship in 2020. In just three years, Liverpool had that big of a turnaround, and it's all down to Jurgen Klopp and the changes he made.
Before his introduction, Liverpool had a massive deficiency in quality. From 2016 to 2020, just seven of those 37 players are still at the club. That is the kind of overhaul Arsenal will need for the future, and there's hope.
Arsenal are currently in 9th place, much like Liverpool finished in 8th place four years ago. That means no European football to worry about, which means no more Thursday night games. That means Arteta will get a full season of just domestic football to shape the team in his style while signing the kind of players necessary to bring Arsenal back to the glory days.
Only time will tell, but my prediction is that Arsenal will have either won a Premier League or Champions League trophy by 2023.
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