By Walter Broeckx
I found it rather amusing that in the past week or so we saw the usual resurgence of aaa posters at Untold. People claiming to know it all before it would happen and who said they were right because they had told us so. All this based on one defeat of course. And of course the aim of their attacks was Wenger.
Because Wenger hasn’t bought all those by the media linked players with Arsenal and so it was his fault and his alone that we lost to West Ham. FACT. Some added.
But what you also can read and what some explicit say is that there is only one trophy in English football anymore: the PL title. That is the only trophy. The League cup is still a trophy however. As it has been won by Chelsea and Man City the last years so they both had a PL-League cup double season.
But the FA cup? No the FA cup is no longer a trophy. And the same goes for the Community Shield. That is not a trophy. FACT.
It seems for some strange reason that once Arsenal wins a trophy it suddenly stops being a trophy. And they say that only the PL trophy really counts. And the league cup of course as long as we don’t win it.
Of course I know there are different way of measuring things. And I know that the PL title is more difficult and valuable than the League cup. But I can tell you that each and every team that has won the League cup, FA Cup, PL or Community Shield is having this win on their website under the header of ‘honours’. Every single club is taking pride of each of those wins. It IS a trophy. Each and every one is. Let me add myself for this time: FACT!
Now let us take a look at the last 8 English trophies that could have been won. And as I see the Community Shield as a part of the reward for the previous season I put it together with that season. Even though technically you could argue that this season Community Shield win was in fact the first trophy of the season that ends in 2016. But as there are four domestic trophies to be won I wanted to keep it with the four trophies in total per season.
Now if we look at it we see this:
|Season||League cup||FA cup||PL||C S|
|2014||Man City||Arsenal||Man City||Arsenal|
And if we look at it in numbers and % we get this:
No matter how you try to twist and turn it out of the last 8 possible English trophies that a team can win Arsenal has won 4 of them.
And that under a manager of whom some said that we would never win anything again as long as he is our manager. That same manager has now won as much trophies in England as the other two managers who have money at their disposal that we can only dream about.
And yet, we lose one match and out they come bemoaning the fact that Wenger is still in charge. And so we will never win….the PL as long as he is here.
Note the difference with let us say 18 months ago. Then they said: we will never win anything again. But as this has been found a ridiculous statement now they ignore those wins and just focus on one trophy. And the league cup as that still counts as it has been won by the money teams in the last two seasons.
And if we win the PL (and who knows the League cup also) they also will be discarded as real trophies by them and they will claim that we will never win the CL as long as Wenger is our manager. Each time we win something the trophy suddenly becomes of no importance and they want another trophy to win and as long as we don’t win that trophy they will throw their toys and our manager out of the pram.
This all reminds me of people who will never be satisfied. A bit like little children who both have a cookie but one kid just wants the cookie of the other kid because that cookie is sweeter he thinks. And then that kid throws himself on the floor, starts screaming and shouting and crying for the cookie the other kid is holding in his hands. And meanwhile forgetting that he himself has two cookies in his hands….
But isn’t it really sad that supporters who first said that they were no glory hunters but only wanted us to compete are always changing the goal posts? When we competed in the 2013-2014 season and were on top of the league longer than any team they shouted and cried that we didn’t win it. But we competed and won the FA cup and later on the CS.
Last season because of injuries and world cup hangovers we had a bad start but once the team was complete we won as many points as Chelsea. No we didn’t really compete during the season because of our bad start but we still won the FA cup for the second time in a row and won the CS also for a second time in a row.
But all that is immediately forgotten when we have one bad day. I really wonder how it must be to feel miserable each and every day because another kid has another cookie that you wanted. Instead of being happy with your own cookie they keep on moaning and bitching and hating. What a terrible way to walk through live.
I will just enjoy myself and feel happy about what we have realised and won. No need to feel unhappy at all if you ask me.
Two anniversaries. The full list of anniversaries for the day is on the home page.
20 August 1977: Pat Jennings first game for Arsenal – a 0-1 defeat to Ipswich. Arsenal won only four out of the first ten games, but Jennings kept his place and played all 55 league, league cup and FA Cup matches that season.
20 August 1995: Arsenal 1 Middlesbrough 1. Bruce Rioch’s first game. Arsenal went seven games undefeated at the start of the season, but in the complete season won 17 of their 38 league games and scored just 49 league goals. 20 August 2003: Jermaine Pennant loaned for the season to Leeds Utd. He played 36 times for Leeds and scored 2 goals.
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