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Arsenal, through the eyes of a long time supporter

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Thoughts on the current state of the club

Arsenal v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Let’s get it out of the way. Arsenal were horrid in the Carabao Cup Final. They were outplayed and outclassed. I purposely stayed away from Arsenal Twitter after the match, as I really didn’t need to drown my sorrows in a negativity overload. More than 24 hours later, though, and the abject team performance is still eating away at me.

Rather than seeing what the usual malcontents had to say, I wanted the perspective of a longtime Arsenal fan. I reached out to Charles Barber. His Twitter bio reads, “Silver member of THE ARSENAL, supported through thick and thin since 1950.” That’s 68 years of supporting the Gunners!

I sent him a message asking what he thought of the current state of the team.

I encourage Arsenal supporters to read his replies:

I felt a lot better after getting Mr. Barber’s tweets. Did they make the pain of this lousy season go away? No, but they certainly put things in perspective.

I looked up past Arsenal seasons and saw that in the inaugural Premier League campaign the Gunners finished 10th. The 1994-1995 season was even worse, with the team ending up in 12th.

Lee Dixon of Arsenal and  Les Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers  Les Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers
Lee Dixon of Arsenal’s 94-95 12th place team

The point of all this is that sports, like life needs to be put in perspective. I am not saying that fans should accept mediocrity, but that old saying “win some, lose some” is true.

My reply to Mr. Barber’s tweets pretty much sums up how I personally look at the current Arsenal situation:

It’s true. No matter what happens, at least Arsenal are not the Mets or Jets.