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The Season of 'Meh'

The Season of 'Meh'

Meh: Uttered with a curl of the lip and shrug of the shoulders denotes flagging interest and a lack of feeling.

I declare this the Season of Meh.

At this point in the calendar year I typically have reopened my drawer of Arsenal Jerseys and placed my newest purchases on top, have called my TV company to reinstate every football channel known to man so that I do not miss a single minute of Arsenal between now and May, had the predictable arguments with my friends that our outgoing players were genuinely unwanted and our newest 9 year old African by way of France is absolutely going to set the world on fire once he clears puberty. In short, I`m prepared for a year of entertainment filled with moments of massive hope and crushing despair. I love this game and I love my club.

This year is different. No new jerseys have been added to the collection. I traditionally buy a home jersey with my favorite player and an away for the most interesting new signing. I`m not sure what that would even look like for this season. I`m debating whether I really need to splunk out the cash needed to upgrade. While I can`t make it to the stadiums I haven`t missed a minute of Arsenal in years. Do I really need buy more TV channels to watch Wenger look on, doubled over hugging his knees with a look of confusion and disgust? The manager and board don`t seem willing to splunk a little cash to improve our quality for a long year, maybe they know something I don`t? My arguments with my friends have been half hearted at best. Yes, Gervinho seems a quality addition but our other outgoings in incomings are not outing and inning. Truthfully the only thing we`ve argued about is Bendtner. I don`t want the guy to go. I personally rate him more highly than Chamakh. Don`t judge me, not even 10 out of 10 dentists agree on everything. Yes, we need a stronger squad. Yes, some of our first team should have to fight for their places. Cesc, Nasri, Mata, Jagielka, Cahill, ANY left backā€¦ I can`t disagree.

I am not angry, I`m not calling for Wenger`s head on a stick, I`m not burning my shirts or shopping for a new club. I am an Arsenal supporter through and through. I`m not even that surprised at where our team is right now (club and team are not the same in my mind). I know I`ll upgrade my TV channels. I`m just not sure about riding the wave of hope and despair though. I have almost no expectations for this season beyond watching my team struggle and Wenger visibly age with a look of confusion and frustration on his face 3 out of 5 weeks.

I declare this my Season of Meh.

Article submitted by smithdj74

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Date:Saturday August 6 2011
Time: 2:27PM

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Surely the fun is in finding out how your team does? Pre season in 96 seemed like a disaster at the time when we'd only signed John Lukic and sacked our manager 5 days before kick off. Supporters protested at a pre season friendly with Birmigngham, turning their backs on the game and chanting, "We love Arsenal, you don't" at David Dein. 96-97 wasn't bad in the end was it? In the summer of 2003, we bought Lehmann, Clichy and an injured Senderos having just surrendered the league title. More portents of doom. Can't seem to recall what happened in 2003-04 though.......?
Little Dutch
06/08/2011 14:41:00
Well let's hope your expectations are unfulfilled.
Gun 'Em Down
06/08/2011 14:43:00
Yeah I'm in agreement, I'm always going to be excited about a new season, even if I'm not overly confident. Because as last season shows, even in times of diabolical colapse, you're still offered those single moments that you will never ever forget. And you never know when they might arrive.
06/08/2011 14:46:00
I'm inclined to agree with the writer and sort of contradicting myself, with LD. I'm excited for the new season and the fun is seeing how we do this year. But at the same time, I'm somewhat disillusioned this summer with the seeming failure of the club to address shortcomings, a growing minority openly wanting the manager gone, and a vast majority annoyed with the club's handling of a quite unnecessary price rise on already exorbitant tickets. I guess ambivalent is how I'm feeling about Arsenal right now. Or schizophrenic
06/08/2011 15:10:00
for gods sake arsene sign someone, splash some cash, even if s only for a new toilet cleaner, i dont want to be supporting the richest club in the bottom half of the premiership 6 years isnt a long time to wait for some success, its a frigging disgrace
cornish gooner
06/08/2011 15:32:00
Couldn't agree more Smithdj74. I haven't even been bothered to watch the preseason matches. I'm usually quite excited by this time in the summer to watch every minute of these meaningless matches. But not this summer. I expect to feel more excited come late next week, but right now, it's a strange feeling of 'meh'.
06/08/2011 15:37:00
When I said I was in agreement that was in reference to Tim rather than the article. To reiterate .... massively disapointing summer, still excited for the season.
06/08/2011 16:08:00
You know that's the strange thing. I am excited to get things going and see how the season plays out, but... Have you ever been in a rough patch in a relationship, the kind where you start to close the walls and intentionally care less because it's easier than being open to the pain? I think that's where I am right now. I can't wait to see RvP's next wondergoal, see how Szzezkljf progresses, whether Jack picks up where he left off, but I'm also afraid our defense and collective failure to kill off games may continue. Heartbreak is normal if you really care. Suffering the exact same heartbreak year in and year out and still standing there waiting for more? Now that's love of Arsenal.
06/08/2011 16:42:00
"It's better to have loved an have lost than never to have loved at all" ..... there's millions of fans all over the UK who would love to have seen even a tenth of the success I've seen Arsenal gain in my life time. Whilst I'm fully aware we should be miles better off than what we are, I'm also very grateful to be a Gooner. BTW Smithy ... I think Sczenzny is going to be the absolute balls this season!
06/08/2011 16:55:00
The fact is we have the 4th highest wage expoenditure in the league, so anything above 4th is over achieving, 4th is about where we should be, anything less is failure. But some are becoming hysterical labelling 4th place as mediocrity. That's simply not true factually or even emotionally. Such is modern football I'm afraid.
Little Dutch
06/08/2011 16:58:00
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