Sharing The Pain – Reflection From Our Loss At Anfield

By RenoogamiIts now two days on, but like most gooners everywhere, the pain of the manner of our exit from the Champions League has hardly abated. Yesterday I couldn’t listen to the radio, watch TV and certainly couldn’t read any Arsenal blogs – let alone write one. But perhaps at last I am slowly coming to terms with life as an Arsenal supporter during these last two months.

I have been an Arsenal fanatic for over 50 years but never before have I experienced so many recurring disappointments as we have had during these last couple of months. From that chilling and sickening moment in February when it became clear that poor Eduardo was seriously injured and that he was not going to be part of our run-in, to the elation and excitement of Walcott putting us in front in the same game, to the blood-vessel-bursting moment when we had two points snatched away from us in injury time. As childish as it now seems, at the time I was right behind Gallas and his histrionics.

Since then we have only enjoyed the briefest moments of ecstasy – the last five minutes in Milan, the last few seconds at Bolton, the 14 minutes we were in front at the Bridge, the two minutes we were ahead in the first leg against Liverpool, the (massive) 17 minutes we were in charge in the second leg and the just 1 minute of sublime pleasure after that wonderful Theo inspired Adey goal. The pain column, on the other hand, is far too long (and painful) to document.

But the nice thing about football is that there are countless thousands who feel the same. At least I have been able to start reading the blogs again today and I must say it does ease the pain knowing you are sharing it with so many others.

So let me say to all fellow gooners everywhere, take heart and do not forsake the team. They have after all surprised us all with some wonderful performances and results for most of the season, and I think we should all stick together now.

Yes we all know that Eboue is not good enough to play for Arsenal – and possibly Senderos and Almunia as well – but lets get behind the team until the end of season. Only then should we take stock and debate who has to go and what sort of player we must buy.

Till then its come on you Arsenal!

  • Sherwin

    i agree. arsene sure knows how to produce ‘exciting’ football thats for sure. i’ve never been forced to cut short celebrations in such an abrupt manner so many times in a row in my life.

    i hate to use the word ‘unlucky’ but fate are certainly played a devious role in the background. with the lads having to cover for each other with injuries all around. doesn’t help that we get some really bad calls from refs.

    People will say that every crisis begets finger pointing and its easy to blame everyone else rather than a thin squad.

    But its precisely us gooners know
    through and through that this squad CAN make it if the wind didn’t blow in the opposite direction all the freaking time.

  • Anonymous

    Ahhhhh! lol

    we got the semi, can we have theo too please….

    YNWA

  • Anonymous

    Nice post Renoo.

    I personally am looking forward to next season already in a very positive way.

    I thought last season we were very unlucky and was not surprised with how the team performed so far this season pre-Birmingham (a).

    At the moment I think the team is mentally destroyed and I will not blame them if they have a bad performance at Old Trafford.

    90% agree with Eboue but I think he should switch roles with Walcott…. as in Walcott should start games and if he is not perfoming well or needs a rest and we are doing well leading the game then Eboue should come on and try to impress for the last 20 minutes.

    For me this season ended when Gerrard scored that penalty, if we win at Old Trafford then I’ll beleive we can do it again, in fact, if we beat Man Utd I beleive this is how the league will finish:

    1. Arsenal 86pts
    2. Man Utd 85pts
    3. Chelsea 84pts

    This means we win every game, Chelsea get beaten at Everton, Man Utd draw at Blackburn and at Chelsea.

  • SI

    As a longtime Liverpool fan I can relate to what you are saying.

    It is not emotionally easy being so involved with a football team. Sleepless nights, lack of concentration. The worry.

    It is like having a child and worrying about what they’re up to and having no control.

    There are however, times when its all worthwhile. I am the season you went unbeaten in the league will live with you forever. As will us winning the Champions League final in 2005.

    For fans of Arsenal and Liverpool, winning trophies are highlights of our lives and make all the worry and hurt worthwhile.

    Maybe that is why we adopted You’ll Never Walk Alone in the 60’s. The words are very poignant and I often wonder if all our fans and fans of other clubs have actually sat down and thought about the lyrics.

    Chin up mate. At least you haven’t got the possibility of losing to your biggest and most hated foes in the final. It won’t be days that I won’t read newspapers or watch TV. I will be signing on to join the cast of Lost!!

  • Anonymous

    there are a number of failings in my humble opinion which needs stregthening.
    Among the top teams Alumunia is not as good as a)VDS (MU)b) Cuduiccin c) reyna.
    The central defence is another area where KOlo and Senderos have been eaisly mugged by top strikers eg,torres, Drogba,etc
    The strkiers are not firing. Ade missed a sitter.had that gone in we would be be singing their praises.
    That about sums it. I can guarantee with 98% conviction if AW perseveres with the same team he will be criticized.

  • Anonymous

    Stop the fancy football with endless passing in the box and get wingers. Oh how I wish we had Robert Pires.
    Take the direct route to goal eg high ball like liverpool and in Dec/Jan when Eduaurdo destroyed Everton and WHU.
    Don’t try to play beautiful soccer at the expense of results. AW has to know winning is more important than pretty soccer. You can’t have it both ways.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see the point of debating who should go either now or at the end of the season. We have no say over that, only Wenger will decide. I agree we should get behind the team, but that is every single player in an Arsenal shirt as far as I am concerned.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly my sentiments. Support the whole team. Liverpool fan above writes sense as well. Trophies are a bonus, supporting the team is what counts. I didn’t start supporting Arsenal because they won things (they didn’t at the time) and I won’t stop supporting them when they’re not winning trophies. I won’t stop admiring Wenger’s football philosophy no matter what cr@p is put about by the tabloids either. If Torres or Ronaldo had been the victim of Martin Taylor’s “attackle” where would LivPool or Man U be now? I mean really? Jamie Carragher played a blinder, but our Jamie Carragher, Bacary Sagna, was injured. Gerrard kept going to the end. But Flamini was carried off the pitch. If this would have happened to a Mourinho team you would not have heard him shut up about injuries until the season’s end. The fact that Wenger has not once even mentioned it despite extreme provocation speaks volumes for the man. He has genuine class, like the team and that’s why I’m still proud to be a Gooner, and why I still think we are by far the best team in the EPL no matter what the table says!

  • Anonymous

    Inspite of all we do not have it is bad calls that have caused us this season!

    God Bless

  • Anonymous

    cost us, i mean!