Meet the Gooners! (No. 4 in a series)

bloggooner If you’ve been coming down to Maggie McGarry’s recently for the matches, you’ve noticed an incredibly cute addition to our little group of Gooners.  That would be Harriet the Bernese Mountain Dog, er puppy.  Jason is one of the humans lucky enough to live with Harriet, and has been coming to Maggie’s since they first began showing football.  He’s also been a Gooner a lot longer.

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When, how, why did you first start supporting Arsenal? I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was about 12 when I went to London. My brother and I were there over the years for various camps and trips including playing soccer. I’ll always remember watching my first game in a pub eating fish and chips and running out and blowing all my spending money on a kit. Especially became a fan in college when I could watch every game + EPL Review show. Not as good as Match of they Day in the UK but still best show on TV in the USA. Once you start watching a team week in, week out it’s hard not to be a fan.

Favorite all-time Arsenal player? Tough one. I love Viera and Freddy but I’ve seen Henry score some incredible goals so I’ll go with the classic.

If Arsenal were to nab one piece of silverware this season, which one would you hope it would be? Hmm, I’d like to see a domestic cup for the boys. Don’t get me wrong, Champions League or the league would be fantastic but the Carling Cup would probably be more special strangely for me. You got to love the way the young guns play when they are firing on all cylinders and I’ve watched every game the last 4 or 5 years into the semi’s twice and the final once. They deserve it!

Favorite current Arsenal player? Theeeeeeeeeoooooooooooooooooooo. My wife created a drink after him for god sakes! (splash of OJ and hefeweizen) I love his intensity, his touch and the way he can change a game. If he can make a run like he did against Liverpool in the champions league two years ago I’m really looking forward to what he can do this year when his back heals.

Player you wish Arsenal would sign? There’s been a lot of flack this season, as the past 3 years, about needing more players. The issue is really where are we light in a worst case scenario. I think Song and our defense has come a very long way and when healthy is great. But what happens if one, or god forbid two, or of our central defenders gets injured? We’re left with fish face (Silvestre) and Senderos? That being said, I strongly doubt Wenger will pick up anyone in January.

Best thing about being an Arsenal Supporter? Football has become a sort of religion in my life and I can’t think of a single thing related to Arsenal that is negative (although the 4:30am game times isn’t Arsenal’s fault, just where I live). Arsenal play in a beautiful city, play beautiful football and have great values and morals as a club and as people. Everyone I’ve ever met associated with the club understands they represent one of the best sports organizations in the world and respects that. I don’t think you can say that about many clubs in the world. Plus the fans are great too!

Ever been to see Arsenal in person Ya, a couple times but my favorite sporting moment of my entire life was being at the last game at Highbury against Wigan. I’ve been to some special games including a quarter final World Cup game but this was definitely one of the best days of my entire life. Beating Wigan 4-2 after being down 2-1 to beat out the Spurs for 4th, as well as all the shenanigans of the Spurs players getting food poisoning the night before, was great to be in London in the thick of it. Just electric.

I was very lucky to live a block away from Maggie’s when they started showing games, but even after moving, I found myself going back because of the community we’re creating there. This is an Arsenal bar (sorry Mick) and I’m really looking forward to it continuing to grow. As far as I know, no other club has even close to the following at a dedicated bar throughout the city. Speaking of which, when Arsenal play the Spurs we’re going to go to Danny Coyle’s (the alleged Spurs bar) and be as vocal as possible. Everyone should come out!

Anything else you’d like to share with the local Gooners? To finish up, it’s been great to meet everyone and I’m really looking forward to this season. This team is better than last year and will only get better. The future is bright for our club and I’m happy to be able to share these memories with all of you! Ooh to, ooh to be, ooh to be a Gooner!

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