Last Saturday’s FA Cup Sem-Final loss by Arsenal at the hands of Chel$ki was a painful one, certainly one of the more excruciating matches since last years Champions League Quarter-Final debacle against Liverpool, where a referee conspiracy unfolded over the two legs to deny the Gunners their place in the next round.
I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the loss at various levels, wondering like many, why Wenger didn’t start Arshavin and Song. Particularly in light of the former’s 4 goals against Liverpool, the following Tuesday in a league match.
But what keeps coming back to me about that day, was not so much the match itself, but the amazing group of Arsenal supporters I was able to watch the match with, down at Maggie McGarry’s Irish Pub in North Beach. Simply THE largest turnout ever for an Arsenal match (or any match) at the pub. Somewhere between 120-150 true Gooners (and 3 Chel$ki fans) packed the place at 9:15AM PST.
You can see some excellent photos of the turnout here.
The loss still smarts, but the camaraderie of those present (and yes, the pints) was a much-needed salve for the fresh wound. Looking forward to seeing next week’s Champions League Semi-Final against ManUre in the same location. C’mon you Gunners!