The Arsenal Community is Not the First Church of Anything But Arsenal
It's been almost a year since I declared that I will not write on Bleacher Report again.
However, coming back to this website this time and reading this article got my thoughts going again.
As someone who was involved in setting up the Arsenal Community here on Bleacher Report, it gives me nothing but happiness that so many articles are getting churned out here.
When Mary and I went about developing the Arsenal Community (which had about 200 people last year)—the only way we did it was through getting a higher involvement from the members and getting their opinions by making them write. We had no control over what their opinions were.
I don't understand what exactly was the fault of someone who wrote that Arsenal could turn it around against Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. Of course, football fans do lose their objectivity at times—but that's what we all do. We all support "our" teams blindly, and in doing so, have incredibly unrealistic expectations from them.
Who would have imagined Bayern Munich scoring two goals after Manchester United were completely on top against them during their quarter-final second leg? Who would have imagined Liverpool coming from 3-0 behind and beating AC Milan in the final of the Champions League a few years ago?
What does anyone expect "us" to do? Say that we're going to lose before the game even starts in such situations?
And what exactly is wrong with anyone saying "we" when we're talking about the team we support ("our team"). I can't call Arsenal "them"—I don't understand how any Arsenal fan can speak of our team in third person because "we" support "our" team through the thick and thin. "We," as someone rightly commented on the above-mentioned article, are the 12th man.
We might not play alongside Cesc Fabregas, but we sure did feel his joy when he scored that penalty against Barcelona, and felt his anguish as he broke down moments later.
Isn't hope something that drives us all on? Arsenal might have won zilch for five years. Maybe it will be six after this season, but not many Arsenal fans will stop hoping that we'll win something next season.
Considering that many Liverpool fans hoped that they could win the Premier League for the first time in 20 odd years before this season started—I don't find it totally unreasonable for an Arsenal fan to believe that they can win a trophy for the first time in six years.
If none of us had any hope, and we were completely rational when it came to supporting football teams, then how boring would this world be?
There's nothing wrong in having hope—because without hope, the possibility of overcoming the odds will be impossible.
The Arsenal Community in Bleacher Report, ideally, is the Church of Arsenal—not Arsene Wenger or Cesc Fabregas.
PS : It's great to be back.
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