A Sausage for all seasons

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Welcome to the GunnersoreArse Blog, being blogged 918.74 kilometers (in a straight line)  from The Emirates Stadium. This is my very first post. Arsenal blogs are all over the place I know but I thought why not, give it a go and I’ll try to make it more varied if possible. Perhaps including themes such as cooking and food, art appreciation, travel, wine appreciation, music, movies, female appreciation and of course male appreciation for the goonerettes, (did you see Ronaldos torso the other night when he took his shirt off) and let’s not forget Betty Rubble. I’ll  even throw in the occassional game of Bingo, just to make it more exciting.

I would like it to be mainly about the Arsenal but all suggestions will be considered, within reason. If I know anyone from another blog I would appreciate you using the same name…… so I know who is making the comment or leaving feedback. I sincerely hope discussions (if any) are conducted with reasonable responses and calmness.

So onto the main theme, The Arsenal – FA Cup winners 2014………… don’t that look good in print, after nine long years. As I’m a blogging virgin, and I’ve started it on a bit of a whim, I’ve prepared nothing of substance to discuss. So this first post may be something of a incoherent ramble….. but stick with me.

Having been a supporter of this great club for such a long time…… a very, very, long time, I often reflect on what a roller coaster ride it has been. From moments of pure ecstasy to moments of sheer disallusionment and wretchedness. I suppose the latter have been the most common but then, without  the moments of desolation, the ecstasy wouldn’t be as intense. On occasion, I have a tendancy to get far too serious about the Arsenal and often have to step back slightly, count to ten and rethink things through. The internet has opened up a whole new world for people but it’s a world where caution is neccessary. Discussing the Arsenal is extremely emotional and personal. On the internet is rather different to personal encounters and it is easy to get drawn into arguements. When someone disagrees with you about something that you hold dear, first reactions can often be strong, passionate and negative. You can feel yourself getting angry and upset.

I remember going to Leeds in the 1970/71 season with my older brother, I was just approaching my 17th bithday and a bit hot-headed. It was close to the end of the season, most of the season had seen us and Leeds sharing the top spot. It was very close, by the time we went to Yorkshire, we were just one point above them with a game in hand, if we won that match, the title was ours. Emotions were high, I was so tense and strung out with the possibility of  seeing us win the first title in my Arsenal supporting life. We were on the terraces surrounded by Leeds supporters, after  90 minutes it was still 0-0 and we were into injury time when it happened, Jackie Charlton got the winner for Leeds just seconds before the final whistle. (a big question mark as to whether he was off-side) but then BOOM,  the red haze overtook me…………..I wanted to fight the world, I was in tears, trying to grab hold of a Leeds supporter and vent my anger, my brother was trying to get hold of me to drag me away, other Leeds supporters were grabbing my brother…. it was pandemonium. We were encircled by Leeds supporters, but I remember quite clearly, even to this day, a massive bloke grabbing hold of me and saying,  “Calm down Laddie, you’re upset”. I can visualize his face even now, he must have been a miner because he had those blue/grey scars on his face which miners get when coal dust gets into cuts. Luckily I calmed down quickly, (didn’t have much choice considering the size of the bugger) emotions subsided and on the way out of the ground we actually had conversations with some of the Leeds supporters who 10 minutes earlier, I wanted to batter, but who probably would have battered me. In the end the defeat was just a small set back, just over a week later we won the championship  at White Hart Lane, beating the Spuds 1-0 and a few days after that, we  completed the double by beating Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. Charlie was my darling!

I know we went on to do better things under George Graham and Arsène Wenger, but those two weeks in 1971 hold a very special place in my heart. Winning the League at White Hart Lane and then winning the FA Cup , for our first ever double….. magical times. I can actually recall those memories better than more recent glory… must be an age thing.

So my little unplanned ramble is over, even just remembering that night in Leeds has got my heart beat racing,….. this is what being a football supporter does to you, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Over the next couple of months I think I will do some reviews of Arsenal players and their performances during the World Cup. Intermingled with some recipes which include spicy chorizo, probably cooked in some form of alcohol!

Anyway, not sure how often I will post. Probably once a week for the moment. Also, as I’m new to blogging, I’m not sure how the comments section will work….. whether like other blogs you need to create a name, leave your email address and then get allocated a funny face avatar. I’ll have to wait to see what happens. I’ve done some twiddling with the settings so sausages crossed.

Right, time for a glass of wine and some chorizo….. Hope you enjoyed your visit, until the next time.  à bientôt!