So We're Counting That As Another Trophy, Right?
As I drag my drunk ass home at the end of another splendid day in the Arsenal supporting ranks, I can`t help but think "we`ve bagged another one haven`t we?".
I have no doubts in my mind that anyone who remotely dislikes Arsenal will tomorrow discount our winning of the Charity Shield as just another glorified friendly or bemoan the fact that City had a few players missing, (Hello?!?! Walcott, Ozil, Mertesacker, Podolski and of course Diaby!) and in years past I would have agreed.
Is the charity shield really a trophy?
But when you consider the flack Arsenal took when Fabregas left for Barcelona which saw him win the Spanish Super Cup (the equivalent of the Community Shield) in his first game for the club which prompted many articles with the subject matter being "Cesc wins a trophy in his first game for Barcelona after many baron years with Arsenal", the gazillion Liverpool fans telling you about the time Liverpool won five trophies in one calendar year, and the fact that Spurs have "The Peace Cup" in place in their honours list, then Arsenal should rightly count this Charity Shield win as another trophy in the bag and another year whether the hacks and journos can refrain from using the phrase "it`s been X amount of years since Arsenal won a trophy".
Of course the players don`t set out in a season looking to win the Charity Shield, but as someone so eloquently put it "I`d much rather see the players marching up to collect the shield than be sulking up to collect their losers medals".
Of course winning the shield and sinking a few Guniesseseseseses is also a quite lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.