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Arsene Wenger: The Dark Knight

Arsene Wenger: The Dark Knight, Photo: Getty Images
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I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter

So here it comes- an era comes to an end. The era of Arsenal, the love story between Arsenal and UEFA Champions League. And it is all over- all in shambles right now. Try as hard you may- but the truth is always a bitter pill to swallow. Europa League- here we come. Here we come. Adieu EPL until the next season. And yet amidst all the euphoria and the tears- in the raging wilderness of the uncertainty that Wenger faces, I find a tiny dab of promise- a faint flicker of admirable unity.

I know now that I am not angry or sad, for that matter. I am not aware of any word in English or Spanish that could identify that particular emotions. It’s called “Abhimaan” in my mother tongue. After years of struggling at the top level, it is perhaps time now to start afresh- to go back to the drawing board and re-create the magic which enthralled the world. Is it really too much to ask for? To show the world exactly what we are capable of? And yes, I still believe that we capable of reaching the zenith. In a little parallel world of my own, I dream of a day when I can watch Arsene Wenger being respected and thanked. I dream of a day when the footballing community, so adept at ridiculing at the first sign of failure, will finally stand up in applause and acknowledge the contributions of a man, who has given it all for his ladylove.