Monday, 19 November 2012


/ˌænhiˈdoʊniə/ an-hee-doh-nee-ə; Greek: ἀν- an-, "without" + ἡδονή hēdonē, "pleasure") is defined as the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable

Victory can be sweet sometimes. An opportunity to momentarily place deeper issues to one side and enjoy the moment. Victory over Sp*rs: a team that sat above us in the League table prior to kick off contained all the elements that caused glee. The pantomime villain was represented by the interminable Adebayor. Not content with scoring early on he felt the need to hurdle the pitch side hoardings to gloat. He then changed the course of the game by giving the referees no option but to issue a red card for a ridiculous Kung-fu challenge on Carzola

We saw scrappy goals and at 4-1, Hollywood balls from the Arsenal and, despite Bale's strike, Sp*rs where well and truly dismantled. 

What the result means in the bigger picture is up for debate, but in beating the annoying neighbours there were some signs that this game mattered to a percentage of our players.

At The Herbert Chapman post game the atmosphere was buoyant but hardly ecstatic. Indeed it took the presence of Anders Limpar, resplendent in sheepskin, to create a buzz commensurate with having given the mob from White Hart 
Lane a hiding.

Seeing what's clearly wrong at our club and having exhibited endless patience is it surprising that cynicism has replaced optimism? Is joylessness the new joyful?

It's almost as if a feeling of never ending ennui has entrenched itself among the faithful; the faithful becoming the faithless. It appears that we, the loyal Arsenal supporters have forgotten how to enjoy victory in Red & White. Anhedonia has set in and I think most of us know that the cure may not be imminent or indeed prescribed.

Perhaps it's simplistic but grasping victory from the jaws of defeat against that lot has to be enjoyed and indeed savored. More trying times await, for now it's a time for joy because in our relationship with Arsenal Football Club we never know when the next delivery of joy will arrive.

Woody on relationships; a fair summation of why we support our club

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