Most were cautiously optimistic, despite the fact Arsenal had made no marquee signings during the transfer window. This after team executives had promised there was money to be spent on new players and they would spend it.
But if you’re standing in a San Francisco pub at 7:00AM in the morning, some 5,000 miles away from where the team you love is playing, you should be rewarded, right?
An early Giroud goal bolstered our hopes, but then the match devolved into what the kids these days like to call, a “shit show”. Referee Anthony Taylor performed his duties as if he had money on Villa, Thomas Rosicky failed to find the back of the net in two gilt-edge opportunities, and the Gunners defense…well, let’s just say, their defense was found wanting. Arsenal lost their home opener 1-3 for the first time in eons.
By the end of the match, Bay Area Gooners frustrations mirrored those of Arsenal supporters all over the globe, with pessimism in late-season form. Next Saturday’s match against Fulham FC brings with it a 4:45AM West Coast start time. Something tells me the pub might not be as full.