Well, that was very funny, wasn’t it? I think last night provoked the most astonishing range of emotions, and that it ended with most of the football world delighted was a bonus. For one evening the warring factions of Arsenal social media were united by a shared hatred. Great, I thought, I can write all about it tomorrow.
Then I woke up this morning and saw Arseblog’s observations and realised I was too late. I was particularly taken with this part,
I know our season was a huge disappointment, but if you can’t enjoy what happened last night then you’re dead inside.
Therein lies the rub. I know several, this old boy included, reverted to childhood last night. Our interactions with supporters of other clubs are formed in the classrooms and playgrounds of schools. When you lose you know who is going to be giving you the biggest grief and intense rivalries spread from these early experiences. When you win you delight in the reprisals.
So forgive us our collective regression as fury at what was unfolding at the bus stop in Fulham turned to despair, then hope, then glee, and finally complete and utter hilarity. There is no doubt that our friends and neighbours would have been giving it to us had they clung on, or if the bottlers had kept a grip on their tempers and sought a winner they could well have scored had they maintained any semblance of discipline.
Talking of which it will be very interesting indeed to see what action the FA will take against two clubs already warned about their failure to keep their teams under control this season. The points deduction we received in 1991 (we still romped to the title so stick your two points up your bottle) was for far less than the scenes witnessed last night.
Forgive us too, Leicester City supporters for enjoying the plight of our friends and neighbours before paying tribute to you for a remarkable triumph. In any season whoever is top after 38 matches are deserving and worthy champions.
I will repeat what I said the other day. We may be very disappointed at our failure to maintain a challenge for the title when our traditional rivals have suffered a collective cold, but had you suggested we would finish above a team that lost just three matches all season most would have agreed not. Please don’t let us down and lose your last two matches now! What you have achieved is a once in a lifetime experience on a par with Alf Ramsey’s Ipswich Town lifting the title at their first attempt in 1962. Congratulations.
For one night it was fun to be a Gooner again.