i wrote this season off long ago. the summer cost us dear in terms of losing lescott and not bringing our own targets in till the last minute.
injuries hanging over from last season and picked up this, coupled with players having to play out of position/inexperienced players being thrown in at the deep end meant that the lads that the success we had achieved in recent times that was built on a regular starting 11 all knowing his specific role in the team, we'd lost that, and with it went points against the likes of burnley, stoke, wolves, brum etc.
providing we can get arteta and jags back in sooner rather than later then i think we'll be good for a top half finish, but it's important we dont expect too much from either of them. just look how long it's took yak to get back to anything like the player he was pre injury.
if we get a bit of good luck for a change (lord knows we deserve it) then a few good nights away in europe is what im hoping for in the new year.
keep hold of the likes of pienaar and saha and bring in a central midfielder with real flair in the summer and look forward to a injury free, strong push on europe in 2010/11.