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Supporting Arsenal

Yesterday was a historic day. Chelsea found themselves in the chasers' position for the first time since Mourinho's arrival and I was cheering on Arsenal for the first time ever.

A year ago, Fergie said he would support the Gunners when they host Chelsea at the Highbury. I could not bring myself to it as we were far behind the Blues and could not nurture real hopes of catching them. The sight of Pires, Ljungberg, Henry, van Persie simply made it impossible for me to support them that time.

It was a completely different situation yesterday. United were top of the table, nine points clear, Arsenal were too far behind to nurture any real hopes of catching us (not that Arsene Wenger will ever admit this) so I managed to put aside everything other than the urge to see Chelsea losing points.

It was very difficult. In the opening 20 minutes I had to remind myself several times that I should be upset when Arsenal lose the ball. To be honest, the absence of Henry, Lauren and Ljungberg (who was on the bench of course) made it easier for me as only van Persie, Fabregas and Lehmann were in the team of those towards whom I have utmost loathing.

By the end of the game I got used to my new-found role of an Arsenal supporter and I was thrilled to see them taking the lead via Flamini and I was disappointed to see Essien's equaliser - but I could not help to think it saved us all from the gloating of the Gunners.

So I could take a lot of positives form this game, not least that it was great entertainment. But I relish the fact that I do not have to be a Gunners supporter until their next meeting at the Emirates.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 11 2006

Time: 11:51AM

Your Comments

Every time I reach the low point of preffering you slags win the league over Chavski your w**ky support has to go and ruin it. Cretin.
hatespur
It's quite a peculiar comment from a man whose nick is not about supporting a team but hating another one.
midlothian99
You would have a liking for rich foreign owners who know **** all about the game it appears midlothian. FYG my nick as you call it has **** all to do with you or anyone else.
hatespur
What do I care about rich foreign owners or teams whose stadium is called The Emirates? I don't like Chelsea and Abramovich but hating Arsenal is now a tradition and the Russian has to work hard to change this. He's undoubtedly doing well. And I'm not interested in your username (or call it whatever you want), just thought it was interesting to dismiss an article about hating Arsenal with this name.
midlothian99
I am not yet sure whether you are a dirty manc or Hearts. Either way, a rich foreign owner and a lack of identity would be relevant.
hatespur
Oh, midlothian is just a name I like :-) I'm a United fan, I have nothing to do with Hearts. Talking about identity with representatives of 14 nations or so in the team and a stadium called the Emirates... hilarious to say the least. And our owner should not be mixed with the Russian or the Lithuanian as United had been in a healthy financial position before his arrival and are in debts now.
midlothian99
hes only upset cause hes out the title race its quiet sad
rooneyisgod
i dont think you are in any position to comment on our so called identity,considering the whereabouts of your fan base ,and that little dig is just the tip of the iceberg,there are numerous reasons why you and your team are odious northern loving monkeys,but i was supporting your team when you beat chavski at o.t last year,you will go on to win the league at the expense of chavski,which is a bitter sweet pill for me,but at least you will never win the league at highbury or go the season unbeaten
fran merida
And you'll never win the Treble... come to think of it, you'll never win the Champions League! Commenting on identities was dear hatespur's idea, I 've merely pointed out to him that if our identity was 0, then Arsenal's was in the negative area...
midlothian99
judging by your poll,it looks like you wont be winning it for a long time,as you only want to play the weak teams,cos you know if you play barca or madrid you will get your arse spanked,and would you rather win the league or european cup?because i would take the league every time,and going a season unbeaten is a lot harder than winning the treble,if it was easy,you would have done it by now
fran merida
As a Gunners fan I'd much rather see United win the league than Chelsea (I was also rooting for you guys to win your CL group last week). As much as I've disliked Man U over the years, I'm not sure I've ever hated a team more than Chelsea this year. And half the reason is due to Cashley Mole...the thought of him lifting any trophy in that blue jersey just makes me sick. So yeah, ***** Chelsea. As far as Arsenal goes I never thought they were gonna win the league this year anyway, so it's all good. They just need a couple more pieces and a little more experience and they'll be dominating the Prem for the next decade.
Shinobi
hey shinobi,you must have a very bad memory,or been a gooner for a short while,because after all the bad blood that has flowed between the mancs and us,im surprised you can be so nice to them,they are evil,the originators of bad sportsmanship,with very ugly ,smug supporters,who sing vile songs about our manager,and profess to hate cockneys even though a large portion or their supporters live in london and the surrounding areas,they are the bullys of the premiership,and they really hate the arsenal because we have the temerity to stand up against them.
fran merida
No, we hate Arsenal because you are the disgrace of the Premiership with your cheating players and "I didn't see the incident" Whinger. And your argument about your unbeaten sequence is pathetic: if winning the treble was so easy, a team should have done it by now? Of course not Arsenal who'll never win the Champions League and they'll never win back-to-back titles...
midlothian99
Oh, and just some statistics: to go a league season unbeaten, you needed to avoid defeat against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and ourselves. To win the Treble we needed to beat Barcelona (all right, we did not beat them), Bayern, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal at least once. So I daresay it was more difficult than your famous season.
midlothian99
that was a great result for you and maybe a bit of a turning point..
ernshaw
I couldn't give a crap about the past....it was a great acheivment in any respect. But back to the main argument, i couldn't agree more with hatespurs first comment. Just when i thought i'd rather have United win the prem.....the ***** hits the fan and you cocky money manks go and have a go at arsenal when no comment was made! pathetic if you ask me!
h57ben
The article was about the difficulty of being an Arsenal supporter for even 90 minutes. On a United fan site that's not out of order I'm afraid.
midlothian99
 

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