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While Arsenal fans shouldn't necessarily get too excited about the game in isolation, for this was a win against a Fenerbahce team that soiled the good name of 'ordinary', the 3-0 victory in Turkey was an enormously important success, for obvious reasons.
Not only did it more or less confirm the Champions League qualification that many Gooners were panicking about, it provided some sweet, blessed relief after a week/summer of gloom, doom and gloom again. Arsenal fans seem to be in a permanent state of slumped shoulders these days, ground down by a permanent sense of ennui brought on by an inadequate and spirit-crushing performance in the transfer market. Not on Wednesday night, mind. Whether the prevailing emotion was joy or enormous relief hardly matters - what's important is that it's something different.
There were of course some hugely encouraging elements from this game for Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey's goal capped a splendid performance from a player who, despite some enormously disappointing performances last season, seems to be maturing. As a whole, Arsenal seemed to stand up to the physical battering Fenerbahce appeared intent on dishing out.
And Theo Walcott made left-back Michal Kadlec's life utterly miserable, twisting him hither and thither and eventually goading him into conceding a penalty. It called to mind baseball pitcher Pedro Martinez, who after a particularly ugly set of losses to the New York Yankees, appeared at a press conference a broken man, and said: "I wish they'd just disappear and never come back. What can I say? I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddies." Theo Walcott is Michal Kadlec's daddy. If you will.
So it's nice to see these Gooners, after a summer of sadness, with a smile on their faces, even if they surely all know that this shouldn't mask their clear deficiencies and problems.
Should we be particularly surprised by this, though? This is, after all, what Arsenal do. They finish in the top four. They qualify for the Champions League. They get through to the group stages. They've been doing it for years, often defying logic and expectation.
It's both remarkable and a key reason why Arsenal are such a frustrating team, because they do the 'minimum' (if being a fixture in the world's premiere club competition can be considered the 'minimum') so well and so consistently that you wonder why they can't do more. They seem capable of more, but just don't do more. They're basically the masters of being adequate, but not a huge amount more. If it's frustrating for a neutral; imagine what it must be like to support them.
After asking a few Spurs fans whether they were excited about their transfer business this week, some of the replies were enlightening. Many were indeed quite excited, but most were fatalistic, convinced that even if Spurs do build a remarkable squad, they will find some way of messing it up. That's what comes from finishing behind Arsenal for eons, even when for the majority of some of those seasons they've basically been much better. It's what Arsenal do.
We all know what Arsenal need to do now, but you've read enough about Arsenal's failings in the transfer market for the moment. For now Gooners, just enjoy some tranquillity before the gossip pages come out...
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