In my 35 years of residency on planet Earth, I’ve never suffered with migraines. Like the rest of you, most probably, I assumed they we’re just a really bad headache. The past week, mainly due to a combination of heat, stress and fatigue, I’ve begun having them. They are not like a really bad headache, nope; they’re far, far worse.
I watched the game in a bustling Bristol centre yesterday in sweltering heat with a very large turn out of Gooners and regretfully had to cut the celebrations short due to my pounding cranium. However, the pain it caused me to be in such a vociferous and jocund environment was worth it in each and every way conceivable.
Apart from the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Up until Santi Cazorla thundered in that fabulous free-kick on 17 minutes, I don’t think I’ve ever felt the hope and enthusiasm drain out of me faster. Genuinely, I was stood jaw agape wondering if what was occurring in front of me was actually happening or just a work of the evils that occupy my mind.
Mercifully, that abject feeling was fleeting. Once Santi halved the deficit I kinda knew we’d get back into the game and go on and win it. It wouldn’t be a true Arsenal performance if we didn’t at least make things a little difficult for ourselves.
It wasn’t a pretty game, not by any stretch of the imagination. I’m sure there are elements of the media that’ll try to tell you we didn’t win it ‘the right way’ or it wasn’t something we should be proud of. To those people I simply say this, “I DON’T CARE!”
What matters is we won the game. Nothing else registers. The 2014 FA Cup winners are Arsenal and we thoroughly deserved it. Credit goes to Hull City and their fans who made a real game of it and behaved impeccably, helping to contribute to what appeared a magnificent atmosphere in the stadium.
Quickly becoming a cult figure. He may define the term ‘raw’ at present, but it’s impossible to say he didn’t make a positive impact when he came on the pitch for a largely ineffectual Lukas Podolski. He’s got so much heart and desire that I find it easy to overlook most of his failings. If it wasn’t Ramsey, Yaya is the player I’d have most liked to see score the winner.
What more can you say about Aaron? His transformation from maligned figure to essential cog in the Arsenal machine is nothing short of spectacular. No one deserved to net the winner more than him and I’m left pondering what could have been had we not missed him for such a considerable chunk of the season.
It shouldn’t be forgotten just how important his goal-line clearance with the scores still at 2-0 to Hull really was. Had that header looped into the net, you’d have feared the worst and the margin would have been insurmountable. He was also on hand to usher the ball to safety in the dying moments when Fabianski took a note from the Manuel Alumnia school of goalkeeping and decided to run into no-man’s land for seemingly no logical reason at all.
Gets a mention for his hilarious pornstar-like celebrations at the end of the game. I’ve been chuckling to myself all day about that and it’s only served to deepen my affection for our boggle-eyed genius further.
If you’re an Arsenal fan and the sight of Arsene’s elation didn’t cause you to get a little misty-eyed, then you’ve probably got an enormous slab of granite where your heart ought to be. It’s been the popular opinion to remark upon his supposed failing in recent years, some justified, some not, but it was obvious that ending the trophy drought meant everything to him. Whatever your opinion may or may not have been, it’s impossible to forget or see what he’s brought to Arsenal and what we have because of him.
On that note, I feel it’s time to bask further in sunshine and glory. We’ll be recording a Goonersphere Podcast next week where we’ll cover the game and its events in great detail as well as have a look back over the season’s happenings and good/bad moments. It’s been a rocky old road but one which has ended on the most glorious of notes.
Arsenal – 2014 FA Cup winners.
Has a f**king beautiful ring to it, doesn’t it?
All that remains is for me to point you towards the comments section. Let yourselves go today, folks; I want to read posts of joy and effusiveness as well as whatever other thoughts you might have. I’m going to try to comeback to daily blogging now things in my life appear to be settling down for the better, so we’ll talk again very soon.
Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.