Arsenal simply have to win this match for us. by Ankoanko
Three points are three points, whether you get it from West Ham, Fulham or even Liverpool. Three points will remain three points, but there is in the UK something you call a 6-pointer, well today’s match qualifies for that. But if any match would’ve deserved more than 3 points, then this could surely be the one.
Well I know in UK the biggest matches are the dreaded North London Derbies, sometimes it feels like you are willing to lose any other 3 points than those, and it is for obvious reasons, there’s nothing sweeter than silence from the noisy neighbors. But in Kenya, or more so Africa, our biggest match of the season regardless of the competition is today’s match, Arsenal vs Man Utd.
Yes NLD means much to the gunners worldwide, but in Africa and more so Kenya, we have countable Spurs fans, to be honest, some of us enjoy beating Chelsea more than Spurs, but our biggest rival of all time is Man Utd.
We have had Arsenal fans commit suicide because of these matches, people lose their wives because of these matches, not once or twice have I heard a man betting on his wife should Arsenal lose to Utd, and recent history suggest, the Utd fans have been having a lot of laughs at our expense. This rivalry has a hit music record labeled “Kati ya man U Na arsenali Ni gani Kali?” Meaning which is the best team between Arsenal and Utd?
This song once used to be number one hit in the charts, albeit a few years ago, and recently since Moyes appointment, we have been at peace, up until the appointment of OLE, God! We have no peace whatsoever, threats about this match started from last Sunday, they have been swearing at us until you get the nerves before even the match day.
If we lose today God forbid, I am not even sure how I will be able to get the strength to get out of my seat. I have no idea how you guys watch, but here we watch our matches in clubs, which is usually filled with fans from all quarters, but the dominant clubs in Africa are Arsenal, Man Utd, and Chelsea respectively.
Now to our beloved Arsenal players, win this one for us, it wouldn’t matter much if we finished in top four, (of course we want to) but losing to Utd is something we can’t swallow. We compare El Classico to this, not the other way. It would mean more than three points to us, it would mean more than derby bragging rights to us, it would mean a voice at your work place, it would mean celebrating in their face like they do, it means silencing them until the end of the season, it would mean so much for us. So kindly please please please, win this for us, if you can’t win it, at least let’s not lose it.
Muha Ankoanko from Nairobi Kenya.