Before the season started, our beloved Cesc proved that he was still a boy. Na$ri left? Meh. However, there was one thing that gave me a bad feeling. Judas was muttering that he would wait until his aunty’s cold became better and after his car started giving good mileage, etc., before he would even think the contract, but he “loved” Arsenal. Obviously, he was toying with the club and making us wait. All of this combined with the glee at Arsenal’s fall (oh false it was) both outside and inside the club put us in turmoil. This is when I saw Wenger’s true strength. The man was down and kicked, but never beaten. He has said that Frimpong is the kind of guy you want to go to war with. For me, Wenger is the kind of guy I would go to war with.
The 8-2 defeat was one of the two Arsenal matches I have stopped watching mid-way. It felt like luck was smirking as she twisted her knife in us. Everything they tried went in. After the match, we had to pick ourselves up either quickly or suffer for a long time. Credit to the team for doing the former.
In the 2011-2012 season, we showed glimpses of our potential. We even had unforgettable moments. My personal favourite was how Rosicky & Co. spanked the team who were apparently “better than every Arsenal player except Judas”. The second one would be the game against Newcastle, when Vermaelen charged down the length of the pitch in injury time and won us the game. I am glad Rosicky and Vermalen are still with us. Last, but not least was the return of the king. I am unfortunate to have missed his and the golden team’s reign but I got to see Henry playing in an Arsenal shirt. The words “Henry! Chance! GOAL!!!” will forever send shivers down my spine. Those words were followed by, “He maybe cast in bronze, but he is still capable of producing truly golden moments”. That shows you what good commentary can do. My brother’s reaction was “meh, it is not a great goal”. My reaction was incredulity at his comment. Now I realise, that moment is extra special because only gunners like us can feel that emotion. I feel privileged to be a part of this club and for this club to be a part of my life.
Then Judas had to try and overshadow it all in the summer. Make it all about him! The club has no ambition?! You have no ambition mate! You have no stomach for Arsenal’s fight! Thank god you are gone! We are better for it and now have a group who have shown class and steel in equal measure. This group is on the cusp of something great and I am truly glad you are not any part of it.
Needless to say, the exit and the manner of it brought us all down. However, I was glad to see the wise Arsenal supporters online say, “Fuck him! We are Arsenal!”. P.S. To all the doomers and moaners out there, this is where you say we are Arsenal! Not as a desperate attempt to justify your moaning.
With the talent Wenger brought in, the players already here and the return of Diaby, preseason 2012-2013 brought anticipation and excitement. The group looked to be solid and of sterner stuff. To me, Vermaelen looked affected right from pre-season. This is entirely my speculation, but I think he was affected by what Judas did. Maybe he took his side of the friendship seriously.
Every season of watching Arsenal is rewarded with glorious moments and feelings. Many times it is sub plots that the world doesnt know or doesnt care about that bring us a lot of cherished joy. Only gunners like us get the premium Arsenal ride. Enjoy it!
By Sensational Arsenal