There's only four teams involved in football's top honours these days, so what's it like to win silverware every season? This is the blog of one football fan who decided to, fully and unconditionally, do the unthinkable and change the football team he supported to spend one season at the top... AND NOW HE'S DOING A SIMILAR THING FOR EURO 2008 WITH A MATE BECAUSE THE SEASON'S FINISHED AND THEY'RE BOTH BORED

Don't think, feel

Don't think, feel

11/01/08

For those who think there’s a lack of atmosphere in the stadiums of very big clubs, it’s not always true. It was great on Wednesday. Loads of terrace chants, etc.

One thing: do you really have to ’stand up if you hate the Spurs’. During a derby match, you’re up and down every 30 seconds.

So, in short: it was a match of great tension (see the Handbags video, below); Berbatov, when he can be bothered to jog, is phenomenal; Diaby has sublime skill; Arsenal were borderline rubbish; and rich people were throwing bottles and rubbish out from the middle tier on to the crowd below. And, bizarrely, a dragonfly swooped over The Silly Season and a number of others.

But has it stoked my Arsenal fires? Well, yes kind of. I’m sure it might have been because of the occasion, but that famous red and white shirt felt a little more special on Wednesday than it has done in the past.

What was most special was the significance of the game to me. I was excited in the pub before the match, and The Family (Arsenal fans) could tell.

Of course, a League Cup semi-final is as exotic as making a cup of tea to them. But that was huge for me. Would it feel more special if it was Norwich? Maybe but, thanks to The Family, I do feel involved… I feel like an Arsenal fan when I’m not thinking about it, if that makes any sense. When I’m sat in the pub immersed in Arsenal talk.

I guess I need to think less and feel more.

The Family introduced me to another Arsenal legend on Wednesday… Burgerman. Now, I’m not suggesting for a second that British beef is still dangerous to eat, but…

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Yellow and Olive branch
A meeting has been arranged between me and my estranged Norwich Mate. He’s having a housewarming for his new flat, and I’ve been invited.

He’ll be there, probably after reading this, ready to rip me to bits. And so will Occasional Norwich Mate, who me and Norwich Mate would meet at matches.

Maybe it’s a set-up… Still, I’ll get fed for free before I die

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Score prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham

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