Awakening to cheers of one team in London, Chelsea crowned European Champions. The Bayern faithful surely in disbelief, a nightmare waiting to end, but it was no nightmare. The first London club crowned Champions of Europe. The odds stacked against them, a crowd, however, ‘fairly’ arranged against them. Yet at the final 120 minutes cries of joy sung from West London, heard in Munich. Didier Drogba etched in Chelsea history. If Roberto Di Matteo wasn’t already now is, surpassing ‘the special one’ going where no Chelsea man has gone before him.
But, in North London sits a club bathed in history, tradition. Yet are secondary, second, not first, the silver medallist, however, you want to place it London has been overthrown. By whom a club who 10 years previous were miles away from them, what happened?
Didn’t Arsenal go a season unbeaten? Weren’t they the team everyone wanted, but couldn’t beat? Was Chelsea even on their radar?
Now overthrown Arsene works on a new formula, new method, doctrine, and principle, something different. He’s laboratory is entrenched with tactical theories, player indexes. Yet in the West London a Russian with a blank check walks. A man finally possessing that ‘Big Eared’ trophy he longed for.
Has the days of winning with a small budget, defying odds are over? Plucking unknown talents from various sectors of the planet, finding the next Robert Pires, Frederic Ljungberg and Patrick Vieira are over? No more Arsenal dominance? Does this football club have to ‘break’ the proverbial bank to have success?
No. ‘In Arsene We Trust.’ The Arsene who delivered a championship in his first full season, same Arsene who assembled the greatest Premier League team in 20 years, same Arsene who changed reformed the English game. Surely, Arsene can dig deep in his football knowledge and produce the spectacular.
First London club to win the European Cup no, first London club to do the league and cup double no. But, the greatest historical club in London yes, so whilst that Russian in West London may throw his ‘mafia money’ we still remain pure.
Who knows next year we’ll be awakening as Champions of Europe, in London. Wembley final that would eclipse Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, and all the other London teams firmly placed under a shadow. A shadow of a man entrenched in Arsenal, a man who created a new status quo, a new system, a new approach to football.
So as I watch Chelsea engulf in a bender. Fans chant “one team in London” and what not. The light at the end of the tunnel is blinkering. Arsene and co are readily approaching it. London is Chelsea’s for now but only for now. Arsenal is poised to reclaim their thrown, to restore the power in London, and with doing so England. Arsenal Wembley awaits your presence.
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