By Walter Broeckx
With the end of the year upon us and after having played our last match of this calendar year it might be a good moment to look back at this year.
It was a typical Arsenal year one could say. Highs and lows. And a year in which the, ‘I know better than you and certainly him’ people found themselves at the ‘I don’t really know that much’ point after a while.
For many years they have come onto Untold. Calling us names. Telling us how deluded we were. They in their far superior way of knowing things could see it. We couldn’t. As we were fools and deluded. They told it hundreds of times. If not thousand times. We would never win anything again under Wenger. And if that was not clear enough they shouted it out: WE WILL NEVER WIN ANYTHING AGAIN UNDER WENGER! Exclamation mark. Full stop.
And anyone who didn’t agree with that or could see it was just a stubborn old fool like the Frenchman himself. And we were told that those of us who write for Untold were paid by Arsenal to run our blog. Hell, this writer couldn’t even get tickets for the cup final. Makes me smile a bit as it clearly would show that they don’t take care of their personnel that well.
So for years they said that we would never win anything again. And after being top of the league for most of the time till the injuries stopped us we suddenly had our eyes on a trophy. And from that moment on the FA cup suddenly turned in a ‘not that important trophy’. And in a way it is. It doesn’t bring CL football (you know the 4th place trophy) and it doesn’t bring that much money to the bank.
But the way the FA cup was diminished from its prestigious worth was amazing to see. It was pathetic to see. Let me say it clearly. Coming 4th in the league is far more important for the running of a club in the long run than winning the FA cup. Getting both these things is great.
I know we could have won the PL last season if we had been a bit more lucky with some injuries. I have no doubt about that. And that is something I regret a lot. We missed the double by 7 points. Injuries and the regular referee mess cost us too many points. As they have done this season also until now. So that is a bit of a low.
But I never forget that day in May when I sat in the Emirates to watch the Fa cup final being played at Wembley a few miles away from where I sat. I remember the first Hull goal. It was a bit of a ‘ah f*ck’ moment. I remember the second Hull goal. It was a bit of a ‘oh holy shit, this can’t be real’ moment. We hung on to it when Gibbs cleared the ball from the goal line to prevent Hull scoring a third.
The ones that had come to Untold to say ‘WE WILL NEVER WIN ANYTHING AGAIN UNDER WENGER! Full stop’ were warming their fingers to repeat their mantra.
But alas for them Santi Cazorla stepped up. And the small Spaniard became a giant on the pitch. His goal was a great goal. One of the better free kicks ever taken for Arsenal and at what a moment it was. And suddenly it felt like ‘we are going to win this today’. Just as I had that feeling when we were 4-0 down to Reading in the league cup and when Theo scored what looked a consolation goal I said at that moment in time: we will get back and win this match. We did. At Reading. And at Wembley.
When Koscielny scored as he usually does in the last match of the season to bring us level it was just a matter of waiting for the winning goal. Should I mention the atrocious officiating of Mr. Probert on the day? Should I mention him being able to deny us four clear penalties on the day? And the media not even mentioning it or just brushing it aside as something that can happen. Four bloody penalties not given to one team! Surely that hasn’t happened ever. And not without the media not making a fuss about it.
But it did. Probert kept Hull in the match till the extra time. And then that one wonderful and amazing moment. Giroud backheeling the ball in the path of Ramsey. I still remember that it was as if his shot only passed the goal line in slow motion. It seemed to last for ages before I could get out of my seat and could celebrate that goal.
A goal that must have broken the fingers of the ‘WE WILL NEVER WIN ANYTHING AGAIN UNDER WENGER! Full stop’-moaners. Alas it didn’t. As they shifted the posts with an amazing ease. The FA cup was suddenly a small trophy and only the PL and the CL count as trophies.
This was to be seen when we won the next trophy that could be won. The Community Shield. And yes I know this is the smallest trophy of them all. A one match trophy one could say. But a match and a trophy that you can only play for on the merit of the season before. And so when you are in it, it is some kind of reward trophy. And when we won it rather convincingly against the current league champions they portrayed it as it wasn’t even a trophy.
But the ‘WE WILL NEVER WIN ANYTHING AGAIN UNDER WENGER! Full stop’ people have been proven wrong this year.
2014 was the year that they should have admitted they were wrong and stopped moaning and started real supporting. But alas as we have found out, they didn’t. Their hate against the man who turned us from a top club in England in to a top club in Europe with no money and fighting the biggest financial doping ever seen was too big to support Arsenal really.
I think Wenger winning two trophies this year has made them hate Wenger more than ever. As Wenger had proven them wrong. And that was something that they never can forgive him. Not even when Wenger will bring them back the league title before his contract ends. And maybe even more.
Well I can tell them this in case they had missed WE DID WIN TWO TROPHIES AGAIN UNDER WENGER THIS YEAR! So stop the moaning and start the supporting. I think you would have enjoyed the winning of those two trophies a lot more if you would have shown real support to our club over the last difficult years. I did, and I still enjoy the wonderful feeling of joy from the day even on this cold winter day.
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