Arsenal looks capable of winning something this season, much to the relief of long-suffering Gooners who have not had a sniff of a trophy for eight painful years.
That is why every time Arsenal win a game – any match – their desperate fans go crazy as if they have won the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in one fell swoop.
Facebook lights up with posts from ecstatic Gooners whenever they win any game. It is as if there is a collective will to push them to success.
Rival London club Chelsea have lost count of the amount of silverware they have picked up in that time – including the Champions League and Europa Cup – and even Arsenal’s arch-enemies Tottenham have won trophies in that period too.
Arsene Wenger’s position as manager seems as secure as ever at the Emirates. The fact that the Gunners are top of the Premier League table is one factor why the studious Frenchman can fully relax for the first time in eons.
Signing German midfield maestro Mesut Ozil in the summer for a club record fee of $55 million appeased concerns and with the likes of Jack Wilshire, Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey, Oliver Giroud and keeper Wojciech Szczesny playing so well, the entertaining passing style Wenger is not prepared to compromised on, is finally reaping dividends.
With over a third of the season gone, there is an air of optimism at the Emirates, that they can win the Premiership for the first time in 10 years with the “Invisibles.”
There has been much consternation in the staunch Arsenal household of the vast Caymanian Wight family.
The late businessman Derek Wight was a die-hard Gooner and he passed his love of the once-mighty north Londoners onto his 10 offspring, especially twins Christopher and David.
Derek started supporting Arsenal in 1945 when he left Guyana for school in England and fell in love with them.
David said, “Because of our father’s love for Arsenal, all of our family have always supported them, including our late mother Marguerite, who also became an Arsenal fanatic, as well as all of our brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. We are a proud Arsenal family. The girls are as passionate as the boys.”
David believes that this is the strongest Arsenal squad since the Invincibles of 2003/04.
“We have a few hard matches in the next couple of weeks, but because of the way Arsenal are playing right now we believe we will still be on top at Christmas,” he said.
“We sometimes get a little frustrated with Wenger’s reluctance to buy, but we are very happy with the addition of Ozil and Flamini and believe that it is the addition of these two players to an already strong squad that has make Arsenal Premier League contenders.”
Arsenal are away to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, travel to Manchester City in the Premiership on Saturday and then host Chelsea on Dec. 23 before going to West Ham on Boxing Day.
In memory of their father, probably Cayman’s most devoted and longest Arsenal supporter, the twins have a Facebook page, Arsenal Cayman, in his honor.
David and Christopher are good friends with Arsenal legend Ian Wright and have stayed at his mansion in Croydon with his ex-wife Debbie.
David said, “In 2005, we appeared on a television show on the BBC with Ian Wright called With a Little Help From My Friends, which was one of our greatest thrills associated with Arsenal.”
They have been to watch Arsenal at Highbury a few times and also visited the Emirates. Their earliest memory of watching the Gunners was the 1971 FA Cup Final against Liverpool when Charlie George’s long range shot won it for them.
They also have fond memories of listening to Arsenal matches on the radio with their father and siblings many years before that.
“Even though we have suffered for a few years without a trophy, we are very excited about this season, because not only are Arsenal playing their usual beautiful football but they are also winning,” said Christopher. “We have a good feeling that the wait for a trophy is over and success is coming to the Emirates at last.”