How soon is now?

So here we are, on the brink of another season. Arsenal, armed to the hilt with youngsters and a few seasoned veterans, are on the verge of something grand. Again.

Do you feel it? The tug, the allure, the promise, as you watch the preseason matches Granted most have been against negligible competition so far, but it’s hard to resist. You find yourself slipping into a daydream as you watch preseason matches with Adebayor, young Jack Wiltshire, Carlos Vela, Theo Walcott, and returning bad boy, Nicky Bendtner scoring at will.

Yes, you tell yourself, this is it. Even when the “can’t win anything kids”, rhetoric begins. Oh yeah, we’ll show the bastards. A rush of blood to the head and suddenly you’re entertaining thoughts of silverware at the end of the season.

The week before the season begins for real, optimism reaches its peak. Fears that we haven’t done enough to shore up our back four or found a replacement for the Flamster are tucked away as we stand on the brink of another title run.

If you feel like sharing this moment with other Gooners, as the San Francisco Branch Manager of Arsenal America and administrator of the Bay Area Gooners, I’m throwing a little party:

Bay Area Gooners
2008/2009 Season Kick-Off Party
Thursday, August 14, 2008
7:00PM – 11:00 PM
Maggie McGarrys Irish Pub
1353 Grant Street (at Green)
San Francisco, CA

The evening is also a Canned Food Drive for the San Francisco Food Bank, so if you do join us, we ask that you bring a donation of canned food. You can see a list of needed goods here.

We’ll be debuting the brand new Bay Area Gooner T-shirts which will be on sale, as well as our Frequent Gooner Card which will allow folks to earn free beers for showing up to early matches. There will be free Golden Boy pizza slices for everyone who brings a food donation. We’ll have classic matches & goals on the video, spinning some Brit-pop, old soul, punk, ska, and new wave, and there will even be Arsenal Bingo with prizes. Email me for more info.

Hope you can make it!

Cheers, Mark

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