Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn: Is It Worth It to Be Angry?

Michael LingbergCorrespondent IIIFebruary 17, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Dejected Arsenal player Jack Wilshere looks on as Blackburn players celebrate their team's 1-0 victory during the FA Cup with Budweiser fifth round match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again while expecting different results each time. 

This latest disappointing loss, this time from the FA Cup, has Arsenal fans everywhere fuming. The 0-1 loss to Blackburn has made us want to grab the nearest pillow off the couch and scream with every last fiber of our being into it. 

This sort of disappointment has been happening for nearly eight years now. And with it has come emotional calls for someone's head. 

Sack him. Sell that player. Replace the suit. It's all their fault!


The reasons why Arsenal don't win major trophies have been picked over. It has become quite stale. This isn't an analysis of the Gunners' shortcomings.

This is, however, a presentation of a new idea. 

Perhaps it's time to change our expectations for the cannon. This team has shown, repeatedly, that it can't compete with the truly elite in both the Premier League and in Europe.

So why do we continue to believe this team is one of the very best? Are we insane?

Or simply delusional?

Temper your expectations, people. 

I've been let down so many times by Arsenal that the dull blow to the stomach that comes with a loss becomes less harsh each time. I'm starting to expect uninspired displays by my favorite team. I've noticed a pattern of not showing up to play every other game. You could say it's the new normal for Arsenal to lack passion.


These periods of sustained indifference are extremely unfair to us, the fans. There have been many a time where I thought about not getting up at the crack of dawn to see kickoff. If they're not going to show excitement, why should I?

Don't get me wrong. I'll still wake up at 4:30 a.m. to see Arsenal play. I'm still a passionate fan. But the days of an Arsenal win being the highlight of my weekend are gone. The days when a loss destroyed the next couple of days are gone. 

Call me pessimistic. Or a terrible Gooner. I'd say I'm just numb to bad results. 

So come Tuesday, I'll be with a friend having a pint while enjoying the fact I can actually watch Arsenal. I won't expect much against Bayern Munich. I'll still root for my team, but I won't be dragged down by the results. 

So from now on, just enjoy the games. Be thankful you can actually watch them, because there are much worse things than an Arsenal loss.