It’s been a day of basking in the win and getting my senses back really. After Saturday’s nerve rattling, stomach churning 120 minutes of football, I desperately needed a break. Arsenal made life difficult for themselves and for their supporters but in the end they got the result.
That’s the most important thing, the result, no one is going to remember how poor our performance was or how scrappy a goal we scored. All that goes into the record books was that Mertesacker levelled it for the Gunners, it finished 1-1 at full time and Arsenal triumphed in the resulting shootout.
It’s a day to celebrate and enjoy, ok we haven’t won the Cup yet but given ourselves a great chance to get the monkey off our backs, hang it, shoot it, cage it and torture it by showing DVD’s of David Moyes’s United.
Why should the players not celebrate it? They were the ones under immense pressure and is it a national issue to express your emotion? The press and the pundits as expected lambasted the players for talking selfies and for their wild (“passionate” in my and most Arsenal fans view) celebrations and accused us of labouring past a championship side. I am flabbergasted. You can beat only what is in front of you and if it is in a penalty shootout, so be it. I admit, we weren’t any good as we could be, but why not credit Wigan for their Herculean effort. They were there by merit, defeated City twice in a year, they are a good side. Our not so great performance can be attributed to several factors, injuries, confidence, pressure. It seems we should mourn for progressing to the final.
Another matter of serious concern is the discontent among several Arsenal fans. The team is ridiculed for not being able to dig out a win and equally derided when we eke out one. Laughable really. It’s not as if Wigan peppered our goal and Fabianski pulled out a string of miraculous saves or the earth lifted up on our side so that the ball wouldn’t go in. They hardly tested us and the game would have finished much earlier were it not for the crossbar and Sanogo’s profligacy.
You don’t not get a winners medal for crushing your opponent 10-0 in the semis. All you get is a ticket to the final and we too got one but the hard way. Does it give you any reason not to celebrate, I don’t think so and mind you if we hadn’t, we would have been accused of lacking passion for the club. It’s such a hypocritical society we are crippled in.
We played a smaller club cause we eliminated the big sides in the competition-Spurs, Liverpool, Everton. Ok Spurs are a small side but they paid millions for a guy to take penalties, so they are a big side atleast on paper. Just because you are in the big stage you can’t expect Bayern or Madrid to be your opponent. If my memory serves me right we were on the ropes for long periods against United in the 05 final and we managed to scrape past them in the shootout. No one complained then. Before you scream at me that’s United, we were the Invincibles then. So let’s not get into the details, just enjoy the moment.
That’s what football is all about. Enjoyment.