Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Arsenal takes cold comfort from memories -- Guardian Headline
Oh boy. We've all been here before, haven't we?
You know, when we look back over our lives looking for that memory labelled 'Made a Difference' only to find pubs, cigarettes, and reruns of Degrassi High in its place, and then pondering the terrifying problem of how we could possibly morally justify our brief exertions on this giant rotating football we call the planet earth when we have done nothing but self indulge?
Of course, the dear Guardian Revamped and Now Annoyingly Re-Blogged Website is speaking merely of Woolwich Arsenal's dismal record in the Ukraine. Well, the Gunners can at least take solace that not many other foreign invaders have fared well there, except for Poland, Russia, and some Mongol hooligans in the thirteenth century.
But is this really about the Ukraine? Isn't this about Manchester United's dominance of the Premier League over the past decade or so, an Emirates sponsorship without any of DIC or ADUG's black and goopy cash, about the closing of Highbury, about Herbert Chapman's early death, about how Thomas could just have easily not scored in 1989 had the ball not flukishly come off Steve Nichol's shoulder, about Thierry Henry's ignoble departure, about Eduardo's broken leg and Adebayor's haircut, about how George Graham was London's answer to Don Revie, about Graham's kickbacks, about the entire 1950s and 60s, about the new rubbish mod crest when the older one was way better, about Chelsea's gajillions, about the club's lack of depth, about how most of its supporters are a bunch of trip-hop listening Nathan Barley's who watch football about four times a year?
No, just the Ukraine then. Good luck Gunners! And may flights of angels sing thee to thy yada yada yada...