10 Things Only Arsenal Fans Will Understand
Arsenal. The official club of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. The purveyors of tidy football and fiscal responsibility. For detractors of the club, read an obsession with spineless attacking midfielders and a stinginess bordering on madness.
Say what you like about the London club, but their track record speaks for itself. 13-time First Division/Premier League champions, 12-time FA Cup winners and holders of a remarkable streak of six straight eliminations in the Champions League round of 16 — this club has been there, done that and bottled it.
These are 10 things that all Arsenal fans know; 10 things that bring them joy and pain in equal measure.
"Arsenal need a world-class center forward! Wait, Olivier Giroud just scored in three straight matches! Oh, Giroud just cost us the Champions League and Premier League!" Repeat ad infinitum with a little bit of Theo Walcott thrown in for good measure.
It's a world-famous coat that Nike specifically designed for Wenger. It's well known that he undergoes his personal transformation into a crazed maniac during the Holiday period.
2015 Premier League champions — of the calendar year!
The 2010-11 Champions League — when the round of 16 curse began for Arsenal, and what a farcical joke it was. Having defeated Barcelona 2-1 at the Emirates in the first leg, the stage was set for a massive encounter at the Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi scored the opener for Barca in first half stoppage time, but a Sergio Busquets own goal in the 53rd minute gave Arsenal the advantage. Three minutes later, Swiss referee Massimo Busacca ruined the match with one of the most outlandish calls you'll ever see.
He gave Robin van Persie a second yellow for 'time wasting' — Van Persie had no idea that the flag had gone up, and the ref's whistle was hardly audible in a rocking Camp Nou.
Piers Morgan is everything that's wrong with modern football fans.
Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been 'signed' many times and have great potential.
The day when Tottenham can no longer catch Arsenal in the league, typically falling in March or April.
Because everything that shines ain't always going to be gold.
Back-to-back FA Cup final triumphs have shown that Wenger can still win titles, and the future looks bright.