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Come On Arsenal -Come On Arsenal Fans !

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain.

In my more optimistic moments I like to think this is the crux of the matter with regard to the Arsene doubters, and there’s more than a little ageism around when it comes to some of the Twitter comments. Indeed, many of the Tweets and the Tweeters remind me of the child who is forever telling his parents how much better and cooler all of his friends’ parents are. All week I have been promised “Twitter meltdown” should The Arsenal come up short against Wigan, and have even seen pictures of nuclear explosions posted as a warning of the least that AW can expect should he fail to deliver on the Wembley stage. In fairness, that’s not such a bad metaphor: it’s clear that the nucleus of Arsenal support was split some time ago, and I can only hope that a top performance today, and then a string of good results in the League, will allow that energy to be harnessed in a positive manner.

There was a time in the Everton game last weekend when such positive hope seemed futile. As we moved the ball laboriously back and sideways we looked a far cry from the side that carried all before it through much of 2013, our defensive frailties and toothless attacks making me wonder if I would ever get my Arsenal back. It hardly seemed possible that this was the same team that had swept Napoli so imperiously aside back in October, but of course, the point is that it wasn’t the same team at all. It was a team that had been decimated by cruel fortune, and for a moment it seemed to have no answer when Sagna was cynically dispossessed deep in the Everton half before our defence conceded its second comedy own goal in little more than a week. It all seemed too much, it simply wasn’t fair, and no wonder than more than a few shoulders slumped.

 

But then something rather special happened as Ramsey and Oxlade entered the fray. Although both were on the injury comeback trail, and hence were never going to be risked for the full 90 minutes, they made a significant difference: the game had already gone, but they brought more than fresh legs to the side. Suddenly there was forward momentum, vision and pace. Even more importantly there was belief. Belief that this side was good enough, belief that individuals could make a difference, belief that the season wasn’t going to implode. More players are returning too: Gibbs is back, and Kos, Mesut and Jack are on the horizon. Their return could well see us back to something near our best, and remind us why this squad is on the verge of something special. Today is a big day for us all. For the manager, for the players, and for the fans. We all have a stake in it, and we have been looking forward to it ever since Santi scored that wonderful goal against Spurs at the very start of this cup run. Aaron Ramsey reminded us all last weekend that we do indeed have a reason to believe, and I for one can’t wait to see The Arsenal back at Wembley again.

 

So put away your doubts, and remember that we are by far the greatest team the world has ever seen.

 

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109 comments on “Come On Arsenal -Come On Arsenal Fans !

  1. All I care about is I wanted a reaction and I got one. With a little bit of luck we could very well wrapped yesterdays game up in regulation time against a good and dogged wigan yeah that went to etihad stadium and BEAT A TOUGH TEAM OF MERCENARIES THAT IS MAN SHITTY.
    Were we in our most fluid wengerball mode?? No . We are suffering and are short a few major players out injured. Add two to that maybe three from yesterdays game. But did we show heart and character? Damn right we did and we shall keep doing the same till the last game is played out. Love these guys one and all no matter what. Specialy THE SACKER & FABIANSKI. couldn’t be prouder and my faith and belief in this club grows stronger with every game.
    Let the fair weather so called supporters say what they may. Let the media basterds tear us down even in good times. Let the refs try to damage us in clear daylight. This team is going from strength to strength and we’ll not look back. As far as all ARSENAL nonbeliever and her enemies are concerned:: may a camel spit in your yogurt. All I know is you take double the time to shave since you have to work on two faces. Whatever happened to fans that were as strong and sturdy as an oak tree. The kind that didn’t bend every which way with the wind..
    As for today’s game I think it will be a tie which suits me fine but under no circumstances is shitty to pull off a win. Third place or possibly second is very much within reach and reinforcements are soon on the way.. COYG

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  2. Agree with that, G-P

    And also agree with you, ZP, that Sanogo is a very exciting prospect. When I saw the highlights on ITV, it was really evident how many chances he had – and that must have been due to him getting into good positions and going for it. It is frustrating to watch him miss and mis-control, but he is not technically poor, just young and desperate to score. As soon as he gets his first, he will calm down. And each time I see him he looks better. He’s also a willing runner and is pretty fast. Having said that, seeing him also makes you appreciate Giroud’s strong points – his hold-up play, assists and aerial strength. And of course his finishing is better. Good to know they can (sort of) play together though.

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  3. Morning FUNGUN
    agreed. SANOGO has great potential and he has scored his first for ARSENAL. against Everton and it was unjustly chucked off by the ref for being offside. Poor guy didn’t catch a break. He has hit the post a few times too. Lady luck will begin smiling on him soon.

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  4. @ Passenal
    That’s Lee Hurley, isn’t it? She’s good.

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  5. And while I’m here, another daft meeja line was about what a massive gamble it was to pick Fabianski instead of Chesney.
    Gamble? There’s very little to choose between them anyway and Fabianski has been consistently excellent for 14 months. Where’s the gamble? Also I would always back Fabianski over Chesney in a penalty shootout.

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  6. Passenal @ 10:26 am
    In contrast, standard fare from Pedro of the anti-support who are so blinded by stupidity and hatred of the clubs resolve to not go to the sugar-daddy route:
    http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/13/sweet-arsenals-fa-cup-win-over-wigan-athletic-just-tasted-sour-4697668/

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  7. New post is up. Cracker too

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  8. shotta, he’s on his own as most sane supporters are thrilled to bits to be in a final after a long wait.

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