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Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing


By Shane
August 20 2018

I don't know if anyone has ever explored the additional features of a DVD. I have on occasion. Sometimes I have watched the alternate endings of a film.

You still know the ending - but you don't know how it ends and I got that feeling when watching the Arsenal match yesterday.

 For a while it looked set to be the same old horror story that we've seen at Stamford Bridge far too often under Arsene Wenger. I can't have been the only one who wanted to put both hands over their face and watch on by slightly parting the fingers when Chelsea went 2-0 ahead. 

But then Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored and I thought, 'Hmm okay this is different. This bit doesn't happen in the ‘other version'. Alex Iwobi then brought it back to 2-2 a few minutes later and I thought, 'Okay this definitely doesn't happen in the ‘theatrical release'. 

 I didn't really think of any of these things by the way – I’m being metaphorical.

 In the end it was the same old story because we wound up leaving the Bridge with zero points but don't tell me that this isn't exciting. Don't tell me it isn't exciting because in the other version we lose 5-1.

 For the first time in many years we can no longer predict what's going to happen in the soap opera that is supporting Arsenal. We no longer know for certain how things are going to end. Hell, we no longer even know who the heroes are anymore, by virtue of the fact that Iwobi of all players had a cape on for some 75 minutes.

 This is what you were asking for when you were asking for Wenger to leave. You were asking for change, good or bad. You were asking for something else. You were asking for a different script.

Embrace the not knowing, my friends. I am.

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20/08/2018 17:14
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:08:28:21:59:24 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
20/08/2018 17:54
Nice one Shane, its how I feel. Some fans moaning at 3-2, when not so long ago it was 5-1. I felt exhilarated afterwards, not at all depressed. Here is a manager not scared of taking off big names, or players pi$$ing about with contracts. They are all equal now.



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
SuperRob (IP Logged)
20/08/2018 21:45
Fully agreed. We've lost at the bridge 6 years in the last 7 I think.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Flava (IP Logged)
21/08/2018 06:18
Well written Shane and it sums up pretty much how I’m feeling. I like Xhaka and Özil getting hooked for underperforming. I like the fight they showed coming back to 2:2, I like the glut of chances we created and I like the different approach even though my old fatty heart can’t take it.

I’m excited despite the two defeats.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Shane (IP Logged)
21/08/2018 06:41
Thanks mate.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
hippogunner (IP Logged)
21/08/2018 07:26
I can recall that 6-0 thrashing, Wenger's 1000th game, some years back. The wife and I were doing our monthly 8 mile walk along the Grand Union canal and she asked me if I wanted to know the score. I expect we lost by three or four, I said, because I knew, as most fans did by then, the routine defeats we endured at Chelsea. I was entering my gently indifferent phase of support around that time.

Now my interest in the club is rejuvenated though it's not yet fully restored.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Bergmars (IP Logged)
21/08/2018 08:16
Quote:
hippogunner
I can recall that 6-0 thrashing, Wenger's 1000th game, some years back. The wife and I were doing our monthly 8 mile walk along the Grand Union canal and she asked me if I wanted to know the score. I expect we lost by three or four, I said, because I knew, as most fans did by then, the routine defeats we endured at Chelsea. I was entering my gently indifferent phase of support around that time.
Now my interest in the club is rejuvenated though it's not yet fully restored.



A shadow of what we were

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
21/08/2018 13:53
It is like this.
After being in bed with the same-old same-old for 22 years, suddenly a nubile 40+ something throw herself at you … you decide this change is good or bad?



'Most owners take out of the club and Vichai just put in. Without him, we would not have won the Premier League. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.' Danny Barry, a Leicester City fan for 64 years.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
weedz (IP Logged)
23/08/2018 00:08
Cheers Shane. I enjoyed the read

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Shane (IP Logged)
23/08/2018 09:42
Thanks mate.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Gunnersingh1 (IP Logged)
24/08/2018 11:30
It's very exciting watching Cech, Mustafi, Ramsey and Xhaka making the same mistakes...

I'd love to embrace "the not knowing," except i can't because i knew we'd lose, even after it went 2 each!

The only remotely interesting aspect is thinking how good Guendouzi and Torreira will be in a few years time.

This side won't finish in the top 4 and it will take at least 3 years to challange for it, that's the reality am afraid! Wenger has left such a shite squad!

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Shane (IP Logged)
24/08/2018 12:57
So, if Arsenal aren't a top-four team going into the 2021-22 season then it's still Wenger's fault?

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Gunnersingh1 (IP Logged)
24/08/2018 13:06
Obviously not but no one can deny Wenger left a poor unbalanced squad behind, with a huge wage bill and haven't spent huge amounts in recent years on mainly poor players.

The culture of the club and players will take a long time to change, that's clear to see.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Shane (IP Logged)
24/08/2018 15:29
Arsenal scored more goals than Spurs, United and Chelsea across all competitions, and reached a Europa League semi-final last season. On what planet did he leave a poor squad, and on what planet do we give the recruitment team three years - or SIX transfer windows - to improve it?

I'm not saying he left a brilliant squad because he didn't, and it was - and still is - unbalanced, but if we jump off Gary Neville's dick for a moment we'll see that Emery and the recruitment team will have failed miserably if it takes them until 2021 to improve Arsenal.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Gunnersingh1 (IP Logged)
25/08/2018 14:49
This very different from the last 5 years, isn't it...

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Shane (IP Logged)
26/08/2018 05:37
It's not often West Ham should've scored six goals away to Arsenal, so yes quite different, albeit for the wrong reasons this week, but that's the point.

 
Re: Arsenal Embrace The Not Knowing
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
26/08/2018 07:47
Not often we play both full backs up the other end for most of the match either



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

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