Wow! Where do I start? After years and years of waiting, we finally laid our hands on an actual trophy, a trophy that is not the Emirates Trophy or the Asia Tour Trophy…an FA Cup Trophy.
Just to put this into perspective, since Arsenal last won a trophy, I left teenage hood, cleared high school, joined and cleared campus and started working. It’s that serious and let’s not even go to the dating scene. My fellow Gunner put it clearly in the tweet below. Not that I share in the language used but we all get the point. It has been that long!
It was mixed emotions for all the Arsenal fans and judging by the turn out for the trophy parade, you would be forgiven for thinking that we had just won the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League Trophies combined. Such was the joy and celebrations after a 9 year spell in which we had to endure watching our best players leave, being touted as an academy, being humiliated by our rivals and our players being told how they have no football brains.
One man who was visibly relieved was Arsene Wenger who labelled it as the most important trophy of his career to date. I could not be happier for him after all he has gone through, having had to withstand so much hatred and abuse from not only haters but also from a section of Arsenal supporters. As Podolski opened the champagne to soak him, the marks of satisfaction and pride could not have been clearer on his face.
In an instant, a squad with very few players who actually knew how winning a trophy feels like was transformed into one that knew not only how to win, but to win with a huge stupid dancing monkey on their back. I cannot be more prouder.
As Arsene said, “The happiness is linked sometimes with the suffering and the time you have to wait, so that is maybe why it was a great moment at the end of the game”.
To all the millions of fans who waited, I salute you!
Till next time, Cheers!