Return of the Winger

Friends: it has been a year and a day since my last publication to this here site. What have I been doing all that time?

Well, aside from work and family and stuff like that, I have been attempting to convince myself that I am not an Arsenal supporter. I have pursued this goal with energy and intelligence, and with a steely determination. I am here to announce that I have failed to achieve this goal. I am an Arsenal supporter. 

I am an Arsenal supporter. 

I AM AN ARSENAL SUPPORTER. 

There, I’ve said it. No going back now. 

I will by no means write exclusively about Arsenal here, though the two most common topics will surely be the adventures (or misadventures, more like) of Arsenal and the USMNT. In relation to that first topic, I am struggling to reckon with a feeling I haven’t had in a very long time. I think the common name for it is hope.

I don’t hope for Arsenal to win the league. But I do believe that they stand a very good chance of being better than they were last season — possibly a good deal better. That will depend largely on the health of their defenders and whether they learn to operate in harmonious conjunction with one another. It could all go pear-shaped soon enough … but nevertheless … I hope. 

More soon. 

3 Replies to “Return of the Winger”

  1. That will depend largely on the health of their defenders and whether they learn to operate in harmonious conjunction with one another.

    With the pending arrival of David Luiz alongside Mustafi, I saw someone joking that they wanted to trademark the phrase “mix-up in the Arsenal defense.” Nevertheless, with any luck, you’ll replace Chelsea in the top four, at least.

    The manager of a booksale I go to twice a year is a long-suffering Arsenal fan (his co-manager is a Spurs fan). We like to tease him about his expressionless, dead-eyed face, like an unforgiving slab of granite against which so many hopes have been dashed over the years. But we all get along well, especially in our shared hatred of the Manchester clubs.

  2. I wish I had some documentation of this, but I have long believed – and where my belief faltered, I hoped – I would see this reversal of an understandable-yet-unsuccessful dismissal of the Arsenal.

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