Ahhhh yessss !!!!! Do Sunday mornings get any better than this? Bacon sizzling, each burp a reminder of the ridiculous amounts of drinks (first nerve settling ones, then elated celebratory ones, followed by ecstatic and a little bit smug ones), that were consumed yesterday. All the newspapers spread out in front of me, with happy Arsenal players and fans alike, pictured from every angle of Wembley stadium. Praising words appear from journos and hacks who never like to type anything good about us. I can almost feel the pain and anger jumping out from each letter as I read them, and picture them, teeth gritted, typing their match reports, as the game unfolded in front of them.
Thankfully we never even gave them a chance to type their usual vitriol. We left them with no option but to write good things about us. For in front of them Arsenal put on a show, as good as any seen in an FA Cup final, for many the years. Of course these hacks will now change tactics. They’ll say that this was a totally terrible Aston Villa side whose only focus was remaining in the Premier League…… BOLLOCKS..!!!!! The same people have spent a week building this game up, telling us how a star will be born in Grealish, how Delph will bully the Arsenal midfield, like so many others have done in recent years and how Benteke would be leaving our miserable back 4 and goalkeeper, red faced….
Well, my dears, on all fronts I say, BOLLOCKS to you all… Grealish looked lost, put in his place by a young swash buckler in Bellerin, with help from Ramsey of course… Delph barely got a sniff, and when he did find a teeny weeny screed of space Le Coq rammed that sniff right back up his nose and Benteke, was he even there? I think Villa had one shot, correct me if I’m wrong and it certainly wasn’t him.
It won’t stop the hacks though, or many others – fans, opposition managers (mainly Mourinho), using that good old cherry – “Sure it’s only the FA Cup.”
Only the FA Cup ????? They spend months writing about the magic of the cup, about “The Greatest Cup Competition in the World” but it seems, that only holds true, depending on who wins it..
Where only a matter of months ago, Jose Mourinho slid around the same turf in Wembley in his Versace suit, on his knees celebrating a League Cup victory. A league cup ???? Yet the same will try to knock us for winning the FA cup and for us fans celebrating it. Let us not forget that this is the same Mourinho who said of his first and only win in the FA cup –
“I won’t be throwing this one (medal) away” said Mourinho. “It means a lot, it’s the FA Cup and it’s the first one for me.” This is the same Mourinho who woudn’t speak to his team after being knocked out by Bradford in The FA cup, his team which was basically made full strength following his subs at 2-2. “Only the FA Cup?”
Their fans also will be pulling out the sneers at our trophy parade too of course, being only a week after they had what can only be described as something that looked a big blue bus going for a DOE, with a few mechanics standing around having a quick look, as it passed by.
Fuck Them !!!! Enjoy every moment of it… It IS the greatest cup competition in the world, and there isn’t one fan of another team in England who wouldn’t wish it was they, who were in our position today (If they told the truth).
Finally, one thing that has to be mentioned too, on each of these beautiful photos that jump up at me from my coffee table, is the fact that Arsene isn’t seen in many of them. Even the overall team photo with the sponsors board in the centre circle, he cannot be seen. For me it’s another measure of the man’s class. Even when going up to get the trophy, I got the impression that he had to be pushed up. For he prefers to let his players take all the credit, make it all about THEM, not him. If they’d made a balls up of it though, he’d have thrust himself out there, he’d be the rabbit in the headlights, he’d take the hits for the team, and that for me is class… (not waving 8 finger around the place ala Jose, indicating how many titles he’s won, for other clubs when the Chavs got their league trophy)..
For that, and for putting this team together, and for the 6 FA cups he’s delivered us (should’ve been 7 – cough cough Henchoz) I love him,and will be forever grateful.
Now go and enjoy the rest of OUR celebrations, Gunners….. UTA
I’m a 37 yr old Irish Gunner, and have been for 27-28 years now….
(Really 20, but trapped in a 37 yr olds body)..
Answer to ‘Woody’, as normally when ‘John’ is used, it means I’m in trouble for something..
I took my time deciding, didn’t follow the mainstream, and definitely chose wisely…
I let the club choose me, and didn’t let other people’s views or successes choose my club for me..
Seen the good times, the great times and the bad and really bad…
And strangely, enjoyed all of them, as you can only relish the good and great after you taste the bad…
Thats why I try to keep on the level-headed side of things, when things don’t go our way,
as it’ll make the successes all the sweeter when they arrive…
… and they WILL arrive…