By Walter Broeckx
Another year over, a new one to begin… In these days many people look back at the year that has just gone by. So why not me.
When I look back at 2015 from the Arsenal perspective I feel it has been a great year. Not a super year. But still a great year.
First of all let us start with the trophy side of things. I know that in some parts it is no longer done to consider the FA cup as a major trophy anymore. That started in 2014 around May. The day Arsenal won the FA cup again after a long spell without any trophies.
So people who had been saying that “we will never ever win anything again with that ***fill in your abuse*** French manager” were proven wrong. And they had to move the goalposts. And so from then on they decided that the FA cup was no longer a real trophy.
To those who are of that opinion let me spell this out for you: Bullshit! The FA cup is a trophy. In fact it is a major trophy. It is the second best trophy in England that you can win. And in fact it is worldwide the most known and loved cup competition of them all. Most football fans look out to that day in May in Wembley. It is being broadcasted all over the world and millions of people look at the final.
Winning the FA cup final is big. And anyone who denies this is having an agenda against a certain person or is being misled by those persons and the thought police who are writing in the media.
So Arsenal winning the FA cup for the second time in a row in 2015 was for me a big, big, big, big thing. Arsenal now being the most successful club in FA cup history is a big, big, big, big achievement. And for anyone who doesn’t feel that way…. I really feel sorry for them. Because if you can’t enjoy such an historic win (and I don’t even mention the way we won it with style and class) then when will you ever enjoy anything about Arsenal or even in life?
Looking back at the trip we did from Belgium to be in the Emirates to be as close to the event as could be was one of my personal highlights of the year. We had an excellent weekend in London. Even the rain when the parade took place couldn’t stop us from enjoying the whole days. Sitting in the Emirates and watching us destroy Aston Villa was the best way to enjoy it apart from sitting in Wembley of course.
The atmosphere was great in the Emirates apart from the idiots at the end of the match who crossed the barriers and climbed up the large video walls and pylons. When we went out in the streets after the match it was one long celebration till we laid in our bed, late, late at night. The parade was great but wet. It was as if all the tears of frustration of the aaa part of our supporters had been saved up for that day.
For us it was a day of great enjoyment. For them it was a great day of sadness. That much hated manager had the nerve to not only prove them wrong once (FA Cup 2014), or twice (CS 2014), no he proved them wrong three times with this win! How stupid they must have felt.
Another great moment was the winning of that other non-trophy. Yes that win against Chelsea in the CS. I know it is a trophy that is looked down upon. And yes I know it is the least of all the trophies that can be won in England. But whatever way you look at it valuable or not: it IS A TROPHY!
I have checked all the clubs websites (yes even them) who have ever won the CS. And they all mention it in their trophy cabinet. Based on that I can only come to one conclusion: it IS a trophy.
Of course those who don’t want to admit Wenger has done it right will brush it away as a non-trophy. But then again I feel sorry for them. Again they have shown of being incapable of enjoying the achievements of their club. Really if you can’t do that…then what is the use of being a supporter?
I really don’t get it. Well if you are reading let me tell you that if you want to open yourself up to enjoying winning things you will feel great when we do win things.
So 2015 for me is the year we added two more trophies to our cabinet. And I fully enjoyed it.
But supporting Arsenal is not all about winning trophies for me. It never has been really. Oh, it feels great of course but I can love The Arsenal for many more reasons than just winning a trophy. The way we are behaving in general. The way our manager behaves in this most cynical of worlds. The way our players behave under the guidance of this manager. I don’t say it works all the time but for 99% we are doing things the right way.
Most of our players can be used as an example on how to behave on and off the field. We play football in the spirit of the game and fair play. You don’t get a trophy for that but for me it is worth a trophy.
But apart from the trophy winning 2015 was for other reasons also a great year. But more on that later.
Two from the anniversary files
- 31 December 1994: John Jensen scored his first ever goal for Arsenal – Arsenal 1 QPR 3. His failure to score before that point became a matter that was widely discussed.
- 31 December 2009: Abou Diaby signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2015. Sadly continuing injuries precluded him playing very much and the contract was allowed to expire.