8 Life Lessons From An Arsenal Supporter

For a lifelong supporter of Britain’s greatest ever football club, I feel profoundly compelled to share lessons learned over the years

Adebayo Adeniran

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The Arsenal Stadium; photo by author
  1. LEARNING TO WIN UGLY IS IMPERATIVE

Arsenal is especially known for playing attractive football, but since 2004, we have found winning titles while playing well, impossible to come by. The likes of Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and subsequent managers have mastered the art of winning ugly and gone on to dominate English football in ways in which Arsenal fans can only dream of. Some may call it pragmatism or defensive footy, but so long as it leads to increased silverware, nothing else matters but winning.

2. LOYALTY IS EVERYTHING

At the stadium supporting my team in April 2009 photo by author

In English football as well as in life, nothing is worse than being a fair-weather supporter. However, badly one’s team is playing, the football supporters know it is incumbent upon them to support the team. Being a long-suffering gunner, this is a salient point that I have come to appreciate, in a very big way.

3. ALWAYS PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS.

Arsenal Fans Image; via FB

With the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool’s spending power vastly superior to Arsenal’s, the team has had to find novel ways of competing, which are to play to its strengths in Cup competitions. This strategy worked wonders in the 2020 FA Cup run, which saw my team defeat the teams mentioned above in order to win the oldest competition in world football.

4. NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST SOMETIMES

Arsene Wenger picture courtesy live TV

Arsene Wenger’s teams played soccer, the way football fans the world over envisioned the game being played- with lots of flair and victories. This Utopian style found its…

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible