WELCOME TO THE
COMBINED FAR SIDE VIEW
It’s that time of year and time for bloggers of the
world to unite and get on with their predictions for the season.
To mix it up a bit,
I have consulted some fellow Aussie Gooners to give a Combined Far Side View on
how we see the top six panning out this season and why we are Gooners.
I’m also going to
get the guys to update their predictions at key stages during the season to see
if their Far Side View changes.
So here goes:
First up – @lizzie_g:
Hated football until 2002 World Cup and discovered that I quite liked it,
or rather the Italian football team.
Fast forward 11 months and 2003 FA Cup Final. Robert Pires scored and I
was instantly obsessed with Arsenal.
Been 10 years of early mornings, tears, joy and one afternoon at the
Emirates watching a frustrating draw against Liverpool.
The second punt goes to @gunner_oz:
27-year-old Victorian Gooner who fell in love with the club after his late great uncle would visit and sit up to all hours watching the Arsenal. Have been to the Emirates twice, watches every game live, have a lifetime man crush on TH14 and as an avid FIFA player vowed to never play again if RVP left.
To this day he is still to pick up the Playstation controller.
Thirdly we have @TheN5er
Gooner since the 1960s, ST holder for over a decade until returned to Oz
2004 – founder member of Arsenal Australia.
Then we move onto @Gunnersharpy:
40-year-old, married with two boys who support Arsenal (wouldn’t allow
them to support anyone else). Became a Gooner due to my Dutch grandfather’s
Have travelled to England twice and watched Arsenal at the last ever
game at The Dell and the 2005 FA Cup. I prayed that if we could win that game,
against the odds, I’d live for a few years without a trophy. I just didn’t
expect eight years and counting. Planning to take the family to our first home
game in April 2014.
At their best, Arsenal give you the biggest high. At their worse
(especially at 4.30am) the stress and sleepless nights are unbearable.
Over the years of watching Arsenal, I have been fortunate to have seen
some iconic players from Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires,
Freddie Ljungberg and Patrick Vieira.
I truly believe that had we been more proactive in the transfer market
over the last six years, we would have won more titles. The deadwood is gone and
now we must add quality players with experience, to complement the top class
youth we already have.
(Postscript: If we had Luis Suarez or quality, I would put us higher but
as of now I have zero confidence)
At number five we
22-years-old, born and bred in Melbourne. Been a Gooner since 2000, been
a fanatic Gooner since 2006. The older I get the easier it becomes to fit the
early mornings around school/work.
Quickly followed by
Born London, brought up Arsenal, bought the tattoo, backpacked Europe and
Aus, became Canadian but still kept the ‘ard nosed Cockney attitude!
(Postscript: If we sign a star striker, a Marouane Fellaini type DM, a
quality CB and an experienced GK..we can push for 1st.(Is this going to happen?
Then we turn to @Moggyvouk_82
Been a Gooner for 20+ years, the flame was lit by the likes of Smudger,
TA and Ian Wright but Dennis Bergkamp is forever a god to me! Growing up in
Australia means I never saw Highbury in person but I did visit the Emirates and
what a game…Sunday May 1 2011…Arsenal 1-Man Utd 0. For that I owe Aaron
Ramsey a beer, he just needs to tell me when he wants to collect.
(Postscript: I think Arsenal need a more reliable goal threat to push
for third or higher, plus I worry Santi may suffer second season syndrome. No
Liverpool as I think they will suffer without Suarez or suffer with a moody
Followed quickly by
Giles Hardie (no, not THAT Giles) has been following Arsenal since he
found religion in the form of Dennis Bergkamp watching the 1998 World Cup. He
now follows obsessively from Australia. He’s proud to have seen a few games at
Highbury and a few more at Emirates. Today he’s optimistic so he predicts second.
Don’t ask tomorrow!
And finally there
is me, ‘The Sunday Morning Gooner’ @Wellmington:
Gooner since early 70’s while all around me in Weymouth were glory
Made bi-monthly trips to Highbury in the 80’s and 90’s and watched some
dire games from the North Bank.
After 10 years on the waiting list, finally got a Season Ticket in 2006.
Moved to Oz in 2009 and (some say madly) still hold my ST.
Won Sun Dream Team in ’97.
Writer on WWW.GUNNERSTOWN .COM.
It’s football not finance, artistry not science.
So there you have it, our Combined Far Side View.
Now, time bank some
sleep before the early mornings start again on Sunday!
Thanks again guys
for all your input #UpTheArse