How one feels about some event tends to say more about the individual doing the feeling than it does about the event itself.
Of course I am talking about one isolated game of football, and for me, the fluctuations in my range of feelings begin with anticipation, the team sheet, and finally the performance. The bigger picture stuff is completely forgotten about in the moment. It can wait.
The anticipation of this particular isolated event was naturally bolstered as it came on the back of a storming transfer window which brought the promise of a refreshing new era.
I don’t suppose anyone believed our new star, PEA, would be making the XI, but that is what happened. If you did not experience a surge of tingles shortly after the team was announced just after 4:30, then hope fades for you. Auba was starting, and better still, being re-united with the man with whom he shared such a devastating partnership in their heyday at Dortmund, Mikki.
The game was pure joy from start to finish, and with the exception of LB, we all saw it (I hope our own cyclist has access to internet replays). Stars shone and stars were born, but most importantly there was the old Arsenal swagger back in sharp focus. Confidence oozed and smiles on players faces returned, replacing the furrowed brows of our recent visit to Wales.
Now that the dust has settled, and the sun rises over a new era, we get to do the bigger picture stuff. Well, to be more precise, you lot do.
I think Eddie has already perfectly captured the new mood regarding the big picture when she said earlier: “the best aspect of yesterday’s display is our imminent trip to Wembley. Instead of being scared I am actually looking forward to watching some spuds being mashed.”
On a personal note, I never believed for one second we’d actually sign Auba. Damn it’s good to be wrong.
Cech/Ospina – Where Did Our Love Go – It’s so much more fun being in the crowd when David is taking goal kicks ….8/8
Monreal/Kolasinac – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Nacho is important to the team – as the Beast proved in the second half…9/8
Mustafi – Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Committed, positive and forthright ….8
Koscielny – Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – Stooping header to finish off his centre back partner’s flick on – Bould and Adams? ….8
Bellerin – Living For the City – Loved going forward, knowing he might actually receive the ball ….8
Xhaka – Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today) – Much better from Granit – Fat Sam not playing any strikers until the second half helped ….8
Ramsey – Three Times a Lady – Bang, bang, bang – enjoyed himself immensely – as did we all ….9
Mkhitaryan – Reach Out, I’ll Be There – Micki loves creating goals, works hard for the team and hits early pinpoint balls across the box – what’s not to love? ….9
Iwobi – You Can’t Hurry Love – Didn’t look out of place playing in such esteemed company ….8
Ozil – Let’s Get It On – Loves playing with his new teammates ….9
Aubameyang – Dancing In The Street – Majestic finish to equal Stevie Bould’s achievement of scoring on his debut ….8
Written by MickyDidIt89
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