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2011, Arsenal and Me

Posted: December 7, 2011 by arsenalofka in Roza's Pub
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It’s that time of the year again. December, a month full of top lists, reviews of the past year, remembering what happened. I decided to do the same, to write about my year with Arsenal. I’ll look back on 2011 and share with you what I’ll remember, what made me cry, and what made me furious.

 First thing that comes in mind, the thing that hit me the most (although I hate to admit it), is Cesc Fabregas. He left, as everyone loves to remind us oh so often. He was our captain, the Arsenal kid, someone I always said would bleed Arsenal if you cut him, and, most important thing, the reason why I became a gooner. Yes, I was a diehard fan girl, hard to believe, I know! Thank God I realized Arsenal is waaay better than Cesc. Anyway, I didn’t believe it ‘til they announced it on arsenal.com. It hit me hard, even though I stayed kinda cool on the outside and said, “I don’t really care.” I took his posters down long before that, but the image in head was very much alive. So, yeah, I cried. I cried because he was such a nice boy, great player, all about Arsenal, and now he just left. It took some time till I stopped. I took Fever Pitch, ultimate helper, and read that part about how players come and go, and us fans are the one that stuck with the team. Then I unfollowed him on twitter, I deleted 2000 photos of him and found courage to watch his goals for THEM. Yeah, that story is over. Thank you, Cesc, for everything. Good luck. We have other heroes now.

 That last sentence made me thought of crazy transfer dead line day. So not Arsenal! But it was awesome, it was my first transfer dead line on twitter and I liked the rush, the anticipation, all the gossips and speculations, it was awesome. Our gooner community on twitter is amazing, there’s a lot of us and everyone seems to be so chatty and friendly and extremely funny. There were so many different opinions about our new transfers. Unknown, too young, too old, not good enough. But I trusted Wenger, as I always do, and oh, he was right. Santos is awesome, Arteta beyond awesome, Per is, ah, Per, and Park needs more minutes (one of my wishes for next year!). We are also witnesses of how amazing Robin van Persie is when he’s not injured. This is his season, he’s on fire, he scores all the time, he’s a great leader, and good with fans. Just amazing, I’m so glad we have him. So yeah, I’m happy at the moment.

 Now, the unhappy part of the year. When I think about 2nd half of last season, first thing that comes to mind is Newcastle away (bet 80% of us think of that). That game was…hm, historical. I think it will stay in my head forever. It comes to mind whenever we have a lead bigger than 1-0 (both home and away). I have phobias ‘cause of it, I can’t really be happy until the final whistle. It is good, in a way; I don’t get sad if/when opposition scores/equalizes/takes lead. So, I should thank Newcastle for keeping my nerves safe. Next game I think is, of course, the Carling Cup final. I hate to talk about it, really, so I’ll just mention it. We all know what happened there, and how our season looked after that. Thank you, Birmingham, you’ve always been a pain in the ass. And the 3rd game I want to mention is the one others (non gooners) love to forget. It’s the win against Barcelona on Emirates. We are the only team that beat Barcelona in Champions League last season. It’s not big, I know, but why the hell do they keep forgetting that? We all know we should have gone through to the next round. Stupid Masimo Busacca in Barcelona made me wonder: how often do refs actually give yellow cards for kicking the ball after whistle? Not very often. But of course, we are the Arsenal, they hate us. How would it look if there was another all English Champions League final?! God forbid. Now I’m making myself angry while thinking about that. Stop it, Roza. It’s ancient history.

 So yeah, this is kinda my little review. Of course there’s so much to talk about in 2011, all the wrong decisions, player mistakes, amazing away fans in this season, Verma is back, we have amazing youngsters, problems with injuries once again, etc etc. I’d say it was a bad year, but this ending is what made me put behind all this bad things and made room for the excitement that brings 2012.

They hate us, we DO care

Posted: November 10, 2011 by arsenalofka in Roza's Pub
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Okay, I totally forgot that I started writing a blog. I was reminded yesterday by lovely Jen that they miss my posts, so I thought I’ll write one, just to keep the fans happy. Then I ran into first problem. The only one, actually. What the hell should I write about? After hours and hours of thinking (haha), I realized what the problem was. Arsenal are not only playing great but winning (you understand that playing great doesn’t always mean you’re also winning) and there’s nothing to complain about. There goes the most famous reason to write a blog post on Arsenal.

But hey, we are Arsenal fans. If there’s nothing bad, we have to make some good things sound or look bad. So here I am, with several possible subjects(all collected from my Twitter Time Line): why the hell are we putting lame banners on stadium?, why the hell is there still no signature on new Robin deal?, who will get injured on international break?, and other important topics. Boyfriend, the United fan, read Fever Pitch recently, and came to conclusion he could never be an Arsenal fan (quote: Too much masochism in watching your team lose the “unimportant, small” games). I actually realized us, Arsenal supporters, are sad and bitter bunch of people quite on purpose. Let’s face the facts. We are doing great in Premiership, Robin is best scorer so far, we are 1st in CL group, against WBA we actually looked like the old Arsenal. But, let’s put all this happy things behind and focus on shortest ever MOTD match report. Hehe, typical gooners. (Author’s note: MS Word keeps changing “gooners” into “goners”. Thank you, MS Word.)

Of course our captain is going to sign a new contract. They’re just talking about, I don’t know, how many tweets will he be allowed to send each day. People, he IS our captain, we adore him, he adores Arsenal, he’ll stay. Let it go. And banners. I love the Robin banner, catchy, funny, only ours. You do realize no other team has a Robin, so I think we can look at this banner (just like the Verminator one) like one more thing that makes us special. What’s next? Oh, injuries. Oh well, it’s not like we don’t know how it is. IF it happens, we’ll handle it the best we can. It didn’t happen yet, so chill, don’t tempt bad luck, you know the bitch loves us. Focus your thoughts on the sweet problems like will Robin score 2 or 3 goals this time and how much more Szczesny’s skills right outside the area we have to see ‘till he takes the ball and dribbles it across the pitch and scores.

So, reading this blog you might have noticed I only write about us supporters. I don’t talk much about tactics, the football itself, because I’m always scared I’ll screw up with something. But I think I know fans, supporters, people who live for their club. I’ve always been a passionate person, especially when I get dragged into something. And oh how easy it is to be dragged into a relationship with Arsenal. I remember I was crying when we lost CL finals, and I was an Arsenal fan for 4 months before that, haha. It gets under your skin. And no matter how much “unimportant” games we lose, or how many players we don’t buy, we are all stuck with Arsenal, for good and for bad. But let’s not say “They hate us, we don’t care!”. They do hate us (by ‘they’ I mean some of the neutral football-loving people out there, most of the reporters, all of the opponents, and that bitch Sports Luck), we enjoy it, we want it to keep coming at us, because that means we are actually good, and they all want to stop us, but we just come back stronger.

Do you dare

Posted: September 26, 2011 by arsenalofka in Roza's Pub
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It always happens like this. You don’t expect anything. Your friends (and maybe even you) put some money against Arsenal. It’s okay. They have every right to do so—we’ve been unusually generous this season so why would it be different? You prepare for an embarrassing loss (or maybe a draw if we’re lucky) and expect a red card or another player to be out for 4 weeks. No big deal because, naturally, the season is already over. We’re looking forward to the winter transfer window and crossing our fingers for a good cup draw and a chance for a good run. As for the Premier League, only Le Boss believes that we’re in the race. And then, like many times before, Arsenal disappoints you.

Seriously, how dare they win like this? You promised yourself you wouldn’t get drawn into it again, and they win 3-nil? And our captain finally has a good game and he scores not one, but two goals? And there were no red cards issued against us? You’ve gotta be kidding me! Of course the game wasn’t easy to watch, none of them are. You were sure it would end badly, but no, they dare to surprise you and somehow they score—one, two, three goals. And what the hell will you do now? How do you explain this? How do you win back the money you’ve lost? What will happen next? Are the new players actually a good investment? Could it be? There are hundreds of unanswered questions.

Personally, I didn’t watch the game (real life got in the way), but hey, there are tons of match reports, videos, and Twitter updates. Now all I can think about was what will happen next. After that 8-2 loss, will we all start believing in life? It’s amazing how one win like this—with a clean sheet, 3 goals, and no red cards—can lift us all up. And that’s not all. Imagine when we get Vermaelen back. Oh my god, they should all be scared! It sounds a bit sarcastic, but unfortunately, I’m already thinking that. Then I remember I made fun of Wenger just yesterday when I saw how he still believes that Arsenal has a shot at the title. Silly old man, did you have this planned the entire time?

Finally, what will all of you do or think? Should we raise our hopes? Can we even do that? We’ve been disappointed so many times before. Should we dare to believe (and bet) once again? I can’t speak for all of you, but I’m in. I can’t help it; it’s part of being a Gooner for me. There will be sarcastic comments when we get a 2-0 lead (“Oh yeah, there are 2 minutes left; they still have time to draw the game. We are the Arsenal after all.”), but hey, I’m ready to do whatever it takes to keep this good thing going. I will keep telling my friends to put their money against Arsenal. We love it when they underestimate and hate us. We love to complicate things. Why do it the easy way when it’s so much more fun like this?

From Your Eyes

Posted: September 16, 2011 by arsenalofka in Roza's Pub
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Saturday, September, your room somewhere not near London or UK. You’ve just prepared your favorite beer and a bag of chips(or pizza maybe? Whatever you fancy). You are sitting in your most comfortable seat, checking your twitter timeline for the last time before you close it. You don’t want anything to mess with your already-slow connection. The online stream is prepared for almost half an hour, fingers are crossed. You knew the starting line up perhaps before Wenger did. It’s not hard to know it, really, when half of the team is injured or sold or having visa problems. That’s just one of the benefits of being an Arsenal fan. Sarcasm, yeah.

You turned off all your instant messaging tools, and closed all tabs except the stream. Now you’re ready. You took the first sip of cold beer, tastes so good. Two guys in studio are jabbering about things you know all too well. How many injuries there are, how many kids, did they recover from the Old Trafford slaughter, how the season is over and September has just begun. Finally, you see that beautiful expensive stadium and your favorite team. You forget about everything that you knew before and you whisper to your bottle of beer: “4-0, no problem at all. “ And then it starts. He passes wrong. He is so damn slow! Why are you playing anyway? You are sure you could play better! Why doesn’t he pass the ball to this guy on the other side? FASTER, dammit! And it continues for another 10-20 minutes. Then they manage to score and the world is ok again. Not for long of course, cause why the hell do you pass the ball to goalie! And so on… until you found yourself with half eaten pizza/chips, too much beer bottles around you, praying for the final whistle before someone is fouled in penalty area and scores a penalty for 1 miserable point.

When it’s finally done, and they did manage to win it, you’re still not satisfied. The game was awful, you couldn’t relax, someone got injured, they are shit! So you rant about it on twitter or facebook, whatever you fancy. You find thousands of people who totally agree with you. And then, there are some people who see that we actually won, we actually didn’t concede a goal, and new players were actually pretty great. So, what to do now? Stay grumpy and complain and hope for the worst? Or, jump on the positive train and be happy cause we won 3 points after, well, a while? I will stay positive, I always do. And I also recommend it to all of you. I guess it’s a lot easier to play and win when you have bunch of optimistic people behind you, rather than grumpy old men swearing at every wrong pass you make.