Yeah, 2002 was special for me. I didn’t get to watch the 98 final live so it was the first double I witnessed live.
I think it would be between that and 2014…2014 was a time of real optimism for me about the club, and I was almost in tears after the final seeing how happy Wenger was, plus that moment of Santi stepping up and taking that FK is just unforgettable for me, it was a special “fuck this, I’m not having it” moment.
This would be a strong third place. I feel like I’ve been kind of losing my love for Arsenal, and with it watching football this season, but today before the game and during/after it was the first time I’ve really felt that love coming back. It used to be almost every time I watched Arsenal play I would get an irresistible urge to go out and play football myself…the last couple of years it’s been the opposite. Today was one of those days…I had to go to a birthday party for a good friend after but honestly all I really wanted to do was go play.
Still would put it after 2002 and 2014, though, because there are still those negative feelings about next season, or for example instead of after the final whistle just feeling brilliant about everything thinking, “oh god, I wish Arsène would go out on this note, but I know he won’t”, or dreading the inevitable disappointments that will come with our summer business and holding on to certain players we shouldn’t, not bringing in certain players we should, and above all not bringing in a new manager, and potentially losing a phenomenal player like Alexis.
Still, probably the best performance I’ve seen from Arsenal in a long time, and a fully deserved FA Cup victory after beating genuinely good opposition, makes it special. I also have gone full 180 (yeah I know, how unlike me, to do a 180!) on Ramsey.