By Matt Giles
I have always been big into martial arts and have trained for several years. My sensei was a great teacher, but it always seemed that his best lessons came at the end of defeat. I remember that first match I lost. I was pretty angry and emotional. I remembered not wanting to look at him after the match in fear of seeing nothing but disappointment in his face. I knew for sure I was going to be riddled with all the “you should have done…?” and “why didn’t you do…?” lectures. However, it was quite the opposite. He came over to me with a big grin on his face and stated, “You will never forget this fight. You will never forget any of the fights you lose.” He knew I would be replaying that fight over and over in my head analyzing all my attacks and counters. And through that, I would learn from my mistakes and improve and grow as a fighter.
I can only imagine what it is truly like to be on the pitch at the caliber and level our boys play at. The emotions they feel when they win and especially when they lose. This has been a great year so far and I have purposely avoided as much media coverage of todays game as possible. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear all the “is this the true Arsenal?” “They are in major trouble!” “I don’t think they can win the league…” bull shit that I know is being said. I am very optimistic and excited about this season. We are playing with such cohesion and passion, such that I have never seen since following Arsenal (remember this is only my fourth season as a gunner). I don’t believe anything negative or doomsday about our team. This is our season.
Did today suck? Absolutely! My blood boils every time I see RVPiece-of-Shit in that menstrual red shirt those asses wear up in Manchester. However, that header was legit. We should have had him covered and we paid the price for not. But, that nasty celebration after scoring that goal today…screw him! No class. I guess I’m too big on loyalty and have a special distaste for him. Anyway, I could go on and on about that Judas but I’ve already wasted enough of my time and yours.
Today was a minor hiccup. However, I believe it was a good wake up call. That first half of the game we looked timid and lacked that drive we needed. The second half was better but we just couldn’t find the back of the net. Sorry I’m not a game analyzer. I figured you watched the match too so I don’t need to go over it with you. I just hope that we take this defeat and use it to push us forward.
Look who we have played in the last three games. Liverpool, Dortmund, and ManU. In all three we have only conceded one goal against many of the top strikers in the world. We went to Germany and beat Dortmund at home (the first English team to do so). We are still on top of the table in our league and in our group. We have every reason to keep our heads high.
I have Faith in our boys. Push forward to the next match! (after another boring break)
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