Arsenal: 5 Secret Wishes of Diehard Gooners

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Arsenal: 5 Secret Wishes of Diehard Gooners
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The key word here is “diehard,” because every run-of-the-mill Gooner has a wish. For some of them (and one cannot but wish to examine their certificate of authenticity), there's no better wish than to see the Gunner house burnt down, just so they could, like a hatter, jump and say, "aha, aha."

Diehard Gooners are incurable species, who cannot but be hopeful. Just yesterday, one of them wrote that Arsenal could be the best team by 2020. He received some stick for it naturally, but I could not help but relate to the optimism.

Who, but the psychologically disturbed, does not wish himself well? Who wants Barcelona to dominate forever, or Manchester United, Chelsea or City? We all know that success is a cycle and seems to reside in a given house (read: club) without any discernible reason for it. 

(This isn't true, of course: Barcelona have received theirs after 30 years of patient planning. Manchester United have benefitted from their massive stadium and from their popularity. Manchester City and Chelsea, by and large, have bought theirs. PSG is attempting to do the same in France.) 

So I do not understand why fellow Gooners would find it strange that an optimistic Gooner would wish himself (or rather wish us) well. 

After all, Arsenal were the best team on earth in 2003, despite Madrid's Galácticos.

Had we not shift our focus to the future, but had fixed our gaze firmly on the present, concentrating on winning trophies, the battle for the absolute best in the world would surely have involved Arsenal, besides Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

Before the rise of the present Barcelona, Arsenal were the true pass masters, so that even the great Johan Cruyff himself, who laid the foundation of the modern Barcelona, would coo in admiration, declaring that Arsenal were playing the ideal football. In them, he saw the fulfillment of his vision.

Then we went and threw it all away, simply because we wanted to save up for the future! How difficult to swallow can it be.  And now we struggle for respectability. Every wet-behind-the-ear journalist uses us for a by-word. 

So, no: I'd join my fellow Gooner—the one referenced here to wish myself (that is, us) well. 

Anyways, here are five of Gooners' secret wishes (or at least I think they are).

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