Whenever Arsenal scores the first goal, Patrick the Gooner bartender casts a wary eye over the crowd at Maggie McGarry’s, “Don’t sing that song”, he shouts.
Elsewhere in the world, Gooners may be singing the classic, “One Nil to the Arsenal”, but somehow, over time, it’s become the song the Bay Area Gooners don’t sing.
Seems every time we sing that song, something bad happens for the Gunners. The other side immediately equalizes, we’re penalized or some such. So we sing other songs and any attempts to sing that song are quickly snuffed out.
Sports fans are a notoriously superstitious lot and Arsenal supporters no less so. And the only time we sing that song at Maggie’s, is when the match is over, and the Gunners have won, 1-nil.
Native German speakers (particularly my brother-in-law) may skewer me for the woeful grammar in this post title (how is that pronounced with double umlauts anyway?) but Arsenal supporters everywhere are behaving with joyful, reckless abandon since the club signed German midfielder, Mesut Özil.
Following a panic-filled, anxiety-wrought transfer season that had some threatening seppuku, murder or worse, Arsenal fans now have a bit of a spring in their step.
To experience that newfound joy firsthand, join the Bay Area Gooners this Saturday at Maggie McGarry’s in North Beach for Sunderland AFC v Arsenal FC. Kickoff is 7AM and despite the hour, it should be a festive atmosphere. Blame it on Özil.