Lately, I had been struggling to find inspiration to write and so I thank God for this Arsenal-Chelsea match (if it can truly be called a match) because at least I’m writing again.
Prior to the game, I had decided not to watch the game and prepare for the busy week ahead of me (mocks, presentations, papers due etc.) and I went on goal.com to follow it online. I decided that if Arsenal was to score, I would go downstairs, watch the rest of the game and laugh at the Chelsea fans I saw (Dubem, Papashi no offence). Alas, this was not to be. 5 mins into the game, Eto scored. Not long after Schurlle scored to make it 2 goals in 7 mins. The goals were coming faster than the webpage could refresh (no exaggeration, ALA internet smh).
It was snack time, and I made my way to the dining hall quick, my head down, hoping not to meet any other non-Arsenal football fans. I met my man Chidumaga, chief of the ALA Arsenal supporter club. He had started watching the local South African game. Osadee, fellow Arsenal fan had no words. I walked briskly to my room, having been exposed for far too long. I hadn’t walked far when I met Mr Desmond, my Economics teacher, a ‘Manchester’ fan and the recipient of many of my Moyes jokes. “Have you seen what’s happening to Arsenal,” was enough to send me scurrying to my room.
The game ended 6-0. 6. 0. This season, Arsenal has conceded 17 goals in 3 games to Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea and 18 in the remaining 27. Obviously, something is wrong. This was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal and Mourinho’s side spelt out his name as a wonderful gift.
As I said in an earlier post, (https://thisdontmakesense.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/why-being-an-arsenal-fan-has-given-me-an-advantage-in-life/) I have been an Arsenal fan for all of my life, and yes, this hasn’t been the worst defeat I can remember (that would be the 8-2 game at Old Trafford), it isn’t the most humiliating, (that would be the Cup final loss to Birmingham), or the most annoying (that honor belongs to the Champions League final we lost in the last 18 minutes), but this defeat takes the cake. Why? Because, it shows that Arsenal players do not/ can not rise to the occasion. We can bully mid-tier teams, but quiver in fear when facing fellow juggernauts. It is quite sad that in our most impressive Premier League campaign in recent years, we are still languishing in 4th place, our ‘usual’ spot. And sure we can seek to blame multiple reasons, from Arsenal’s injury list to Marriner but that would accomplish nothing.
Why did I write this? I don’t know. Right now, I can hear “Mourinho” chants from my window. I am not looking forward to leaving my room. But I have to, it’s almost dinner time. I wish Arsenal could stop putting me in this position, but I’m getting used to it. My rant has ended.