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Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

Nobody likes to lose, in fact it's hard-wired into our brains to feel uncomfortable when losing and it�s aided the evolution of mankind.

To win meant to survive.

When we win our brains are rewarded with a lovely dose of dopamine making us feel great, inspiring us to win a some more and get our next fix, in short, we're all junkies craving our next hit. It ensured we didn't all get eaten by big f*** off bears.

Unfortunately much like the beloved Trainspotting character, Renton, when we don't get our fix we feel like crap, even more so when our fix is denied to us by someone or something else.

When our beloved Arsenal loses a game it�s always unpleasant, some clashes more than others depending on the perceived importance of the match, and whilst getting knocked out of a very winnable League Cup competition by a Division 4 side at the quarter final stage has got "pain" written all over it, I'm feeling a little more uncomfortable this morning that I thought I would.

Maybe this extra dose of "kick in the bollocks" is down to the fact that last night was the first time I got to take my son to an Arsenal match. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, though instead we spent the night freezing our nadgers off watching an abysmal performance. It was so cold by the 100th minute of the game my boy was in physical pain as the winters night bit into his toes, so we departed early and were spared the ignominy of losing on penalties.

However, even though he spent much of the night letting out a rasping cough, he awoke this morning happy he'd finally gotten his wish to go to an Arsenal game and even got waved around by his Daddy as Arsenal finally found the net.

Could then the extra pain be present due to the defeat being inflicted by a team supported by many of my friends and people I know? Dropping my nieces off at school this morning there was a distinct rise in Bradford City scarves keeping the bitter morning air from the necks of visibly happy Bradford fans (I donned my Arsenal scarf in defiance of all the City supporters who usually couldn't give two craps about the team yet are gloating in force this morning, who knew League Two sides had plastic fans?). Losing to a Division 4 side is embarrassing enough (yes Mr Wenger it is very embarrassing, your players did not give their all, it was a farce) but when you're surrounded by the fans of this club it's like being beaten by an even sh*tter Tottenham side.

Then there's the fact that this loss is a stark reminder that we're not the team we once were. There was a time, not too long ago, that Bradford would have crumbled before the game even kicked off, but last night, they knew. Right from the off they were the better side, a side that are 62 places below us, they had our number. It didn't matter that our team was full to the brim with seasoned internationals, they'd watched all the tapes of our recent games and they just knew they had a chance as long as they could find a goal from somewhere.

It's painful to see how far we've fallen. Much like the current Liverpool side we've become a side of players who just don't look like a team, our boys look like they don't even know each other, so unbalanced it seems as though we could fall over at any minute, and we usually do. And we've arguable fallen much further than Liverpool as we were higher to start with.

So I wonder which of those points I�ve highlighted have made this loss one of the most painful of recent times for me? I suspect it's a little from columns A, B and C.

All is not lost however, oh no, for as even the most bland of sandwiches can taste like the greatest meal you've ever eaten if you've been denied food for any large length of time, being denied an all important victory for a number of years will only mean when the time comes that we finally lift another piece of silverware, that dose of dopamine delivered to our brains will be so great it will wipe out all these hideous memories in an instant.

And that time will come again, maybe not under Arsene Wenger, and maybe not for a few more years, but that taste of victory will be all the more sweet for those that have endured.

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Date:Wednesday December 12 2012
Time: 11:27AM


If I try my best to remain neutral, I do feel that the time has come to make a change at the top. I feel that Wenger is now too ingrained in doing things his way and that is clearly not working. I do feel that despite a few weak links (who hasnt got those) you have a very good side and squad, and with the right appointment and reasonable investment, you are probably in a stronger position that your current rivals for the top four place and I include Spurs in that
12/12/2012 11:35:00
I must admit I'm slowly coming to a similar conclusion. When I look at our squad we've got some good players and some very good players. Players like Cazorla, Wilshere, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Arteta, I can't think of players who would be available who I'd want to replace them with. And when players this good don't work as a team then you've got to believe that wenger's motivational skills and tactics are being found wanting. As much as I hate the man Ferguson (or Mourinho for that matter) would not have tolerated that performance, yet Arsene comes outs and says he's not embarassed and the players gave everything. Does he think we're stupid? I fully accept that behind the scenes he could be giving the players both barrels, but this constant public mollycoddling of the players is boardering on sickly.
12/12/2012 11:45:00
He does mollycodlle them a bit. Like saying Jack is close to his best, when it looks like Jack is currently at about 50% comparing his play from before the injury and after it. Even against West Brom a 60% version of the Wilshere who played Barca would not be giving the ball away that much. He should be telling his players to push on, not letting them settle for mediocrity.
Arsenales F.C
12/12/2012 11:54:00
Support a club long enough and results like these in cup competitions go with the territory as Chapman had his Walsall, Mee his Swindon, Graham his Wrexham. Uncomfortable as it maybe it isn't really embarrassing. We have good players but we don't have a good team yet. That'll take another season or two whoever is manager.
12/12/2012 11:58:00
Amos - If this defeat isn't embarassing then, for you, no defeat is embarassing. Of course in terms of real world problems it's not embarassing or painful or anything, but in the footballing world, that's about as embarssing as it gets.
12/12/2012 12:04:00
It may take a couple of seasons but don't forget the players have agents and will move them to better clubs for more money as we don't look like being capable of winning anything in the near future.
12/12/2012 12:06:00
I have the 1969 league cup final defeat to swindon on vinyl! It's a constant reminder to me that that despite your darkest hour.. what doesn't kill you etc. Mee went on to achieve the double in 71 so hope springs eternal, impossible to see any positives as it is currently for many of us if this means heavier investment come January which may not have occurred had we scraped through last night then so be it. It's important that the clubs' upper eschalons see how their policy of consistently annually selling our best players is a policy that is killing us on the field and now visibly hurting the club more than ever. It doesn't matter who you have managing, noone can work with a destructive policy like that.
12/12/2012 12:21:00
I know it'w wrong to throw coins but what's the stance on freshly laid faeces btw?
12/12/2012 12:23:00
What we needed yesterday was a 'gang' (another name for this is Team spirit) mentality that says all-for-one and one-for-all. We don't have a team as it is, but quite clearly, we have good players. Gangs look out for one another but we lacked that a bit, yesterday. I recall Chamakh getting a barracking from the Ox for playing a through pass short. Now, that's a kid hollering at a senior player (if you consider experience only). That shouldn't happen when even the Ox himself had his own moments. It will take a while to have this team gel but I am not sure we have all of 2 or 3 years.
12/12/2012 13:41:00
Rocky, fact is Fergie has presided over similar performances and even if he wouldn't tolerate it, he didn't do any more than to return to the pitch to ensure his team did well by the next game. This is a first for Wenger (losing to a lower league side), but I can recall United losing to lower league and bottom placed opposition frequently- Exeter, Southend, Crystal Palace, Leeds, name a few. I know Wenger appears to be soft on his players and perhaps needs to develop a consequence management process; problem is the media will get to know and make of it what they will, jut because it is Arsenal and Wenger. Take the unsubstantiated report that players were being offered contracts that suggest pay cuts, should the club not make it into CL places. This isn't a new clause in Europe and if indeed Arsenal did insert such, the furore over it is unwarranted. I will look on the bright side, bad as my heart feels, knowing it can only get better if we make the right investments. I don't put it past our American owner making the call on Wenger soon.
12/12/2012 13:54:00
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