5 reasons why I love Arsenal
While Arsenal may have the media and fans constantly talking about the coveted 4th place in the Premier League, there's a lot more to the North London club than meets the eye. Agreed their performances in recent years have seen them fall from Premier League champions to also-rans but the thought of dismissing Arsenal as a power in Europe is premature and naive.
The North London club have the rare honour of being the only team to have gone a whole season unbeaten in English top flight history. They're also the only English team to have never been relegated and while you may think these are insignificant feats in a world where only UEFA Champions League winners are the true 'winners', ask any manager and the stability that the Gunners provide is nothing short of a dream.
Here are five reasons why I love Arsenal; irrespective of results, achievements and lack of the same.
#5 Attacking brand of football
Often known as the best attacking team in the Premiership, Arsenal are known to play a quick game focused around short passes and smart runs off the ball. The club were not always famous for this Cruyffian form of football, they evolved from a pure counter-attacking side to a 'tika-taka' side with the former style producing some of the world's finest footballers in the world.
Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Fredrik Ljungberg were all instrumental in the way Arsenal attacked as a group. Their blistering pace, coupled with the ability to find the right pass at the right time differentiated them from most of Europe's giants.
Currently, the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez continue to dazzle audiences with their crowds with their ability to create space, find the right pass and essentially 'walk the ball into the net'.