By Walter Broeckx
With Arsenal not doing too shabbily in the PL so far this season it must be a hard time for those wishing us to do rather badly in order to get rid of Mr Wenger. One of the phrases that then is used is ‘there is no trophy to be won for being first now’.
And that in itself is a very correct statement. No argument about that. The fact we are first (or joint first to be completely exact) means nothing. It is of course better to be in that position than being in the position that Chelsea and their special one finds themselves. Can you imagine the mental break down some of those moaners would have if we would be where Chelsea is now?
And yet it was the same moaners who once the transfer window ended came over here and told us what a terrible manager we had who hadn’t bought anyone (or at least no outfield player – which in fact was also a wrong statement) and that doom would be upon us. Certainly after a start that saw us only gather 4 points after 3 matches.
And they pointed at Chelsea. The team that had won the league with a big advantage compared to all the other teams and that had done excellent business in bringing in Falcao and Pedro. Certainly when the latter marked his debut with 2 goals. Oh, that was the way to do business. And as we all know that the tactical master brain that Mourinho was we had no chance. The league was over even before it had started. .
We could have told them that there was no trophy to be won at the end of August. But for them it was clear. Chelsea or Manchester City, one of those teams would win the league. FACT.
But since then the Arsenal has produced a few decent results. And now we are joint leaders with Manchester City. Of course the mood at Untold Arsenal is great. It usually is in fact even when we are not top of the league. Because we more or less celebrate each win as if it was our last chance to celebrate a win. Well that is how I do it.
But being happy after each win is something that is not possible for some people. Is it their nature or is it just their hatred of our manager that makes them unable to celebrate each win and enjoy it?
And when some come to Untold they have to say things like: you don’t get a trophy for being first now.
This sentence means that all that talk in the last years about not being trophy hunters was a lie. In the days when we didn’t win for a few years they came to us and said: ‘No I’m not a trophy hunter, I just want us to compete’.
But when we compete (I think being joint leaders is competing) they suddenly tell us that competing is not good enough and that only the final outcome of the season is important.
Of course I want us to win the league at the end of the season. But in order to do this we have to play 38 matches. And in those matches we will win, lose and draw. Because that is how football works. But I do know that each win can take us closer to a possible title at the end of the season. So I think it is really worthwhile celebrating each win. Whether you are of the ‘winners only’ or ‘compete only’ set of mind… without those wins during the season you will not win and you will not compete.
So yes we at Untold tend to celebrate each win as a new and important step. A step on our way to compete and if all goes our way a step on our way to the title. I think it takes around 26 matches to win the league on average. I didn’t look it up but that is what Chelsea did last season and Man City needed even 27 wins. So it should be thereabouts.
We celebrate them, each of them. And so it makes us happy and makes us feel good. As it should be as a supporter. But some are apparently not able to enjoy it. Each time we win they seem to be a bit upset that we won and they tell us that ‘maybe next time we will lose’. And that thus celebrating a win is not a wise thing to do as we will probably lose next time.
It really must be sad to live with such a set of mind. Unable to enjoy a win, or sometimes even a draw when all looked lost but we managed to avoid defeat. If I stopped feeling the joy after each win I don’t know if I would keep on supporting my team any more. What is the use of wanting all and everyone to feel unhappy even if we win? I might not be the smartest person in the world so it could be just me, but I really cannot understand this.
In a way I sometimes look at a football season as the whole life of a human being. Early season you are still learning things for the future. Then you have your first love, your first kiss, your first time, you get married, you get children, your children give you great moments, you feel proud of their achievements, you are still happy with your wife (well I still am), you celebrate important days together, you get grandchildren, your grandchildren are your special treasures and give you immense joy and happiness. But I also know that in the end… we all will die one day. The outcome of our existence on this planet is the same for all… we can’t escape that.
All the nice things I mentioned can be compared to Arsenal winning a match in the season. I know I would celebrate all these things and feel happy about it. But then I wonder how would a moaner enjoy those things? Can he enjoy them because… well you know at the end you will die so what is the use of celebrating those things?
We don’t know the outcome of the league each season. We might win it in the end and then the feeling of happiness will reach even greater heights of course. But that is not written in stone unlike the fact that we will die one day. So if you can enjoy the steps in between birth and death even if you know you will not win (stay alive forever) then it should be so much easier to enjoy a win of Arsenal. We might win the league or we might not win it, but I know that without those wins that I enjoy so much we certainly will have no chance to win it in the end.
The outcome of our life is known, the outcome of the league not. So just enjoy it. Certainly when we win matches. Just be happy. Or at least try to be happy. It’s not that difficult.
- 3 November 1963: Ian Wright born in Woolwich. He started out with Greenwich Borough and then having been spotted was invited to have a trial at Crystal Palace who signed him in August 1985, when he was 21 – a late start in professionalism for a player.
- 3 November 1993: Standard Liège 0 Arsenal 7 in Cup winners Cup. Arsenal won 10-0, the highest aggregate ever achieved by Arsenal. Smith, Selley, Adams,, Campbell (2), Merson and McGoldrick got the goals
- The Untold Arsenal Banner is now on permanent display inside the Emirates Stadium
- A Memorial to the founders of Arsenal’s Highbury dynasty.
- And we’re on Twitter @UntoldArsenal
The Untold Books
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal
- WSL Round Up – West Ham v Arsenal Sunday 18:45
- Arsenal lost, but it is all part of the drive toward long-term sustainability
- Everton v Arsenal: a happy video, line-up and what the league table will look like after
- Everton v Arsenal: Injuries, points needed for 4th, and Arsenal the first to 100?
- Everton v Arsenal: extraordinary figures seen in the last 6 games table