For some lucky Arsenal fans we only have to get a Tube to the game, or even just walk down to the local pub to watch the live broadcast. Most of us simply don’t realise how hard it can be for supporters in other countries that love the Gunners just as much as us, but have to work harder to get to see an important game. This is one such story…..
Sacrifice pays off! by HL
I was so greatly anticipating the Arsenal match against Liverpool that I even put my life in danger. On the day of the game I was scheduled to work nightshift from 22:00 pm up until 7am and the problem is that I stay 173 km away from my work place and I use public transport to get to work.
The kick-off was scheduled at 13:45 (CAT) meaning that I will have to leave home at 16:00pm to go to work after the game and still have to travel about 173 km using public transport which is also not easily accessible as I live in a rural area. It is also not safe to travel late as winter is crippling in and the days are getting shorter, but I could simply not miss this game. Especially after Liverpool humiliated us last season of which we never had proper revenge, never mind the FA cup.
As I sat on a sofa sipping a Coca Cola alone, I was little bit anxious and kept asking myself what if we lose? Will me putting my life in danger be worth it?
Arsenal started brightly but I remained anxious as I still have memories of the Manchester United game where we started like a house on fire but still lost. I was not really worried about Liverpool taking the lead, my only worry was Arsenal converting their chances as I knew before the game that we will create plenty.
I felt a sense of relief when Hector put one away and I immediately knew that this was our day. Francis Coquelin was on top of his game for me – and overall all our players contributed brilliantly.
As for Liverpool, I don’t think they are a match for Arsenal and I don’t see any of their players making the grade at Arsenal. At the end of the day my sacrifices paid off as I arrived safely – and on time – at work after the game with the added bonus of three points.
Credit needs to be given to the manager too, even when he makes changes it doesn’t affect the rhythm of the team. Although I believe that the championship is out of reach, Arsene wenger has built an impressive team and this team with a few additions in summer will be very hard to beat next season.
Viva Arsenal Viva!