What’s that you say? Oh, you didn’t say, you SANG!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LE GROVE!
9 years ago Geoff reluctantly penned his first post about Arsenal off the back of the boss signing a new deal, the first of three we’ve had to
suffer endure across the 3,333 posts previous to this one.
Such good times. I remember celebrating the first 100 ‘hits’ like we’d just sold our millionth book. I remember hitting 1000! The joyous moment we managed to snag a place on premier Newsnow football aggregator. The time a newspaper asked me for a quote and told me that Pedro was not an adult name to put into the press unless I was Mexican or Spanish.
Most important though, in fact, most important from the outset was the community. Geoff nearly gave up when he didn’t have a thousand comments on the first post. But that was always the aim, to have people to chat to about Arsenal online, all day, every day, every damn day. And that’s what happened. We’ve hosted some 1.8m comments over the years, which is pretty spectacular when you consider the threat Twitter was to the platform. Even more interesting when you consider how disloyal the internet is.
Today, I want to thank you all for being part of the site. I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to call someone a bad word and curse Olivier Giroud for being too pretty. I want to thank you for making the hard work that goes into writing this ‘most‘ days as worthwhile as possible. You’re all absolute heroes, even the ones that call me bad names and tell me the site is responsible for player performance and Zika.
So here’s to hitting the big 10 next year. Hopefully it’ll be a brighter next 10 years. Our 10th anniversary could see the end of the Wenger reign. All the things we’ve been banging the drum about for so many years could start to come to life. Maybe the second 10 years will see a Champions League trophy, something I’m sure will happen. Maybe it’ll see Tomas Tuchel? Maybe it’ll see us spend £100m on a player? Maybe it’ll see the Gunnersaurus sacked for taking lewd pictures in the gents locker room?
… whatever happens though, as sad as it might sound, at least we’ll have each other. There’s nothing more beautiful than sharing your disappointment, crying into a pint of warm beer, with a bunch of people you met on the internet, united over the most important thing in the world.
I’ll be raising a breakfast Peroni to you all, thanks so much, I’ll see you a bit later with a proper Arsenal update!
Geoff & Pedro x