Scream Above the Sounds
It's only 7:15pm and I'm quite drunk. Feels like a recurring theme lately. I had the biggest sleep ever. I didn't go into work last night, I knew I wasn't going to. I'm in two minds about going in tomorrow night. I still don't feel ready. I don't want to go back at all if I'm honest. I phoned in and explained I wasn't in the right frame of mind to work and I was having personal problems at home, and had already discussed this with my manager. She wished that I get well soon. Straight after that, I went to sleep. It must have been about 6pm. I woke up at 6am this morning.
The weather has been unbelievable today. It's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. I didn't really have any plans until I got talking to one of my friends and he suggested I come over and watch the football game. If our local team won today they would get promoted to the next division. We used to always watch the big games together from like 2007-2013 and I was glad we could watch this one together, it felt like old times. It was the scrappiest football game I've ever seen and we only got promoted because another team bottled it and lost. Still, a promotion is a promotion. We were happy and we were drinking by 1pm. He already had a BBQ planned, his girlfriend had a few friends coming over, heavily hinting that they were single. I dismissed that immediately. He asked me if I wanted to hang around for a bit. I'm not super close with his girlfriend and we don't have the best relationship but I didn't have anything else to do and the weather was too good to ignore. I only really said "hello" to her friends, I spent most of my time in my friends gym whilst he was cooking for everybody. They had plans to go out drinking tonight and asked if I wanted to tag along but I didn't think it would be a good idea. It's great being social and going out but I don't want to do too much, too fast. Especially when alcohol is involved. I had a bite to eat and set off about 4:30pm so I could get home to watch the Arsenal game. Arsene Wenger's last home game in charge. This is where the name of the entry title comes in.
Arsene Wenger is my footballing hero, only second to Thierry Henry, my clubs all-time top goalscorer. Wenger has been manager of Arsenal since 1996 and it was announced a few weeks ago that he would be stepping down at the end of the season, despite having one more year on his contract. He was obviously forced out by the board and the owners. Arsene has come under an incredible amount of pressure and abuse in the past couple of years. Some people have even wished death on him, it's disgusting. I don't think him leaving us will do any favours for the club personally. We're trapped in a loveless marriage with owners who simply don't care for football or the club. Whoever comes in will just be the fall-guy. Wenger didn't deserve the abuse he got and some people should be ashamed of themselves.
Arsenal were electric today. It's the same old story that we can play extremely well when the pressure is off but Arsene deserved a day like today. We won 5-0. The crowd was fantastic. I'm sure there were some bitter, toxic, volatile fans that can't wait to see the back of him but you wouldn't have noticed today. Both the home and away fans were singing "There's only one Arsene Wenger!", it was incredible. I haven't felt that emotional since we won our first trophy in 9 years in 2013. There was a tribute for Arsene Wenger after the game but before that, also a tribute to Vic Akers, who is also leaving the club after 30 years of service. He was the kitman but also founded Arsenal's women's team. It was a really nice touch. For anybody who supports Arsenal, or maybe even Manchester United as it resonates with Sir Alex Ferguson when he left United. Arsene Wenger isn't just a nobody, he's like family. I'm 27 years old, Arsene has been at Arsenal for 22 years. He's all I've ever known. I've never met him. He doesn't know who I am. It's incredible how powerful a connection like that is. He was awarded a Golden Premier League Trophy by Bob Wilson and Pat Rice, former players, coaches and close friends of Wenger. The Golden Premier League trophy is to resemble our unbeaten season in 2004.
Today was just a perfect day for him, regardless of recent history and results. Wenger deserved to go out like this. Standing in the centre circle of the Emirates Stadium. The stadium he practically built, whilst 60,000 fans cheer his name. It had to end this way. I'll really miss him. He was just wonderful for this club.
Au Revoir, Le Professeur
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