Anticipation and Dreams
Of all the expectations I had for Arsenal this season, most of it was reduced to a flicker last night. At the start of the season, we had promising talents that rose quickly to challenge elite clubs on the European stage as well as in the Premier League. Young and fresh talents like Arshavin, Aaron Ramsey, Samir Nasri, and Vermaelen has definitely boosted our strength defensively as well as offensively. And for that I applaud Wenger for making wise buying decisions.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst and we were struck by a string of long-term injuries that shattered most of our dreams for a trophy this season. Wenger might have great plans for our team this year, but he could not have anticipated nor avoid the woes that had befallen upon our team.
Dampen Spirits and Hopes
Losing pivotal players like Robin Van Persie, Fabregas and Rosicky to long-term injuries has significantly tampered our chance of clinching our first cup in many years. Many have pointed out the fact that Persie could have been vital in giving us a boost in offense as he had went off on a great start this season. Yet, a silly tackle ruined almost the whole season for him.
What ifs and Could Haves
There's a lot of could haves and what ifs going through my mind at this moment. However, as brutal as reality can be, "This is football" my friend reminded me today. Anything can happen, nothing is impossible. We had a fairly good possession last night but the key thing is turning those possessions into goals. Sometimes things just work against our will... the boos and jeers of the crowd, the keeper making fine saves, just getting a heavier touch than usual can turn on us in a flicker of a second.
These few weeks have definitely been a roller coaster. We had fought well to keep ourselves in sight of the coveted cup but that was not enough. Nevertheless, I still want to applaud the youngsters for showing such resilience and courage throughout these difficult times. It takes more to swallow up your failures and face a new dawn knowing that you can definitely do better than that. I can see bounds of potential lying inside these lads and I am looking forward to see them play for their country this summer and of course next season for Arsenal. Thus, I remind myself all the time that if we had fought the best we could and still lose a match, I can still hold my head high.
Losing to Tottenham is still unacceptable and I demand vengeance next season! They were lucky Gomez kept his fingers steady. However, I cannot deny Rose had a fine goal. Still, urgh!!
Nevertheless I am thrilled that Robin Van Persie made a great comeback and had three great shots! After a lengthy five month hiatus, he is definitely in a great form and I just wished (BADLY) we had him for the whole season. I am looking forward to see him play soon!
Rant from the Soul
And finally, I just want to say this out of annoyance. Since I became an avid fan of Arsenal, people were skeptical of my passion for football just because of my gender. As ridiculous as it sounds, it does happen. As much as it offends me, I don't feel like I am obliged to prove anything to anyone. It just disappoints me how they would say things like "it's a guy sport" while not knowing anything about me or the sport itself. As weird as it sounds, I have never been ashamed to be the twenty-year-old-odd-ball-girl-who-does-not-fit-into-the-status-quo and is stranded in a place where football is called "soccer". I love the sport and agrees that there's nothing more beautiful than a good game of football.
Can't wait for next season! And well, the rest of the games this season, too.
Written from the heart of a Gunner