After thinking more about it (and reading more forum posts), I wanted to add another point about Arsenal. There’s a lot of fans talking about how the players who are coming in don’t seem to have the drive and passion of the opposition. They’re commenting how the likes of Newcastle and Middlesbrough wanted the win more than Arsenal. And that’s why they won, even though technically – on paper – the Arsenal players are (arguably) better.

It wasn’t just a desire to win. But it’s partly because they (Newcastle and Middlesbrough) have been in a slump of form. And they want to prove themselves. It’s not just about winning, but it’s about standing up and being counted.

I think it’s a great point. Sometimes ability isn’t all that matters. Passion and desire is just as important. If you really want to succeed, you need to have a passion for what you’re doing. You need to be willing to stand up for yourself, and prove yourself.

It’s not just your ability, but what you do with it.

How do you find the drive and passion to succeed?