Here are a few things I remember about 1996-1997:
1. The movies “Independence Day” (“Welcome to EARF”), and “Twister”.
2. The Olympics, and Olympic bombing in Atlanta, GA.
3. Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorcing.
4. Duke Nukem
5. This was also the year my family got our first home PC.
You know what else happened in 1996-1997? Arsene Wenger was hired to be the manager for the greatest club, not only in North London, but in all the world. His first, although partial, season saw Arsenal finish in 3rd place and outside of Champion’s League Football. The next year? Arsenal completed the famed 97-98 Double, winning not only the Premier League, but also the FA Cup. Arsenal have won many other trophies since that time, and they have seen a trophy drought in that time, but two things have remained consistent: Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal’s manager, and he has lead us to Champion’s League Football every year since the 1997-1998 campaign.
We sometimes don’t stop to think about just how big of an accomplishment this is. Arsenal is one of 3 clubs in the entire world that have qualified for Champion’s League Football at least 17 years in a row. God willing, next year we will be tied for first with 18 years in a row, and after that we will be the leader. Through these 17 years the club has seen great success, faced tough criticism, and fought it’s way through tough times to set up a hopeful future. We are starting to see that future come to fruition, albeit more slowly than the vocal minority are pleased with.
On Saturday, May 17th we will face Hull City in the F.A. Cup Final at the famous Wembley Stadium (Version 2.0). Arsenal are the heavy favorites and are returning to the form we witnessed through much of the season, thanks to the return of so many of our injured players. An FA Cup Championship will be the next step in what has been a long time plan of Arsene Wenger to see Arsenal return to former glory and regain it’s stature in the world wide Football community.
As Fans, we can’t expect everything to change over night. Should we win the Cup, we shouldn’t expect the media to paint Arsenal as the heroes that we see, but we should know that for the first time in years Arsenal will have done their talking on the pitch, and results speak more than words ever could.
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