Not got one Got one
As Arsenal fans, we are all pretty quick to bemoan our lack of trophies these past 7 years. For crying out loud we are the Arsenal, do we not have a divine right to win all the time? Well sadly no we do not. Spare a thought for the fans of all the clubs who have never won the Premiership, which given that only 5 clubs have done so is most football fans. In fact we are one of only 7 sides, from memory, who have graced the Premiership every year since its inception.
I consider it an honour to follow Arsenal FC and when I consider how may lean periods there have been since I began supporting them in the mid 1970’s, the present barren run is no real hardship. Of course I want more and I feel we are close but in the grand scheme of things it could be so much worse.
For example I could be a truly top flight international footballer, plying my trade in the greatest league of them all, for years and years in some cases, never to win the glittering prize. I know there are huge financial compensations as a professional footballer in the Premier League but how must it feel to play week in week out, season in season out and never to win the league. It is frustrating as a fan to wait 7 years, but some of the greatest players we have seen in this country over the past 20 years have never had the feeling we as Arsenal fans and many Arsenal players have relished on 3 beautiful occasions.
So for our amusement let’s consider this greatest Premier League 11, never to win the EPL. Not a bad little team as it goes and thanks for your suggestions for this illustrious 11.
|Player||EPL Appearances||Premier League Titles|
|Matt Le Tissier||270||0|
When you have finished laughing at all these sad non Arsenal, largely Spurs and Liverpool, so called greats you may be feeling a tad better about our 7 year Premiership itch? Not yet. You are hard to please but I virtually guarantee you will feel better, you will be grinning and you may even laugh out loud when you compare the above table with the next one. However let me set the scene for you:
A living room somewhere in the world in 25/30 years time:
Young lad walks into room and approaches old man in armchair and says: “Grandpa, my dad says you used to be a professional footballer. Is that true?”
Grandpa: “Why yes lad that is indeed true.”
Young Lad: “Wow Grandpa who did you play for? Was it anyone good and did you win anything?”
Grandpa: “Well sonny let me tell you something. I played for the greatest club in England, called the Arsenal. I played for their greatest ever manager, a French genius named Arsene Wenger. I played in the toughest league in the world for the Arsenal, called the English Premier League and what’s more I won it in their famous Red and White.”
Young Lad: “Grandpa you played for Arsenal and you won the Premier League. Wow that is so cool, I am so proud of you!”
Grandpa: “Thanks lad I can tell you of other things I did in my career but nothing ever topped winning the Premier League with the Arsenal. I just wish I could have played more in the famous red and white laddie. After my time amazingly there were other players who chose to leave Arsenal and I never understood them, but that is for another day.”
Introducing a table of 11 potential Grandpas all having achieved something the above players can only dream of:
|Grandpa Arsenal player||Arsenal EPL Appearances||Premiership Titles|
|Giovanni van Bronkhurst||41||1|
|Luis Boa Morte||25||1|
Hughes so promising a left foot team mates called him ‘Chippy’ a winner in 98
10 appearances in 03/04 makes Jeremie Aliadiere a forgotten ’Invincible!
Not bad for our Arsenal Grandpa EPL winners side. 518 Premiership appearances for AFC and 13 Winners Medals to show for it. A combined total of 9 less than the league’s record appearance maker David ‘Calamity’ James, who has not even come close.
Just a bit of fun really but I hope it made you smile. After all if you win the Premier League with the Arsenal and had the medal hung around your neck, no one can ever take it away from you can they?
Until next time thanks for reading
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