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Following Arsenal is like driving yourself insane (and in a funk)

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Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League

That man in the background says it all!

There’s only so much optimism that I can bring into my life despite my shrink asking me to look for the silver lining in every dark cloud as Arsenal seems determined to make this task rather daunting for me.

Yet another Premier League season starts with millions of eyes fixated on to screens and probably a huge chunk of Indian ears rather taken aback by the weird Hindi commentary (what is up with that? It’s like accidentally dropping a jar of paint on a Monet). I can’t think of a better marketing strategy towards getting a set top box consisting of the blessed blue button that changes the preferred language.

Five life lessons or inferences that I have painstakingly drawn from the debacle that just took place on my TV screen today (or was it a couple of days back? Well, you see, I am losing my head with grief here), and probably will continue to fuel my anguish throughout the season:

1. Life is unfair

” If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you’re fooling yourself. That’s like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn’t eat him.”

Even though I strongly believe in the concept of Karma, it will probably take a bunch of matches to start working its charm. S*** happens, even when you do nothing to deserve it. You can sit back and complain or you can move on. It is not necessary that you’ll always have the chance to strike back at the very instance. Take the time given to you to plot your revenge wisely.

In a footballing context, this is one lesson Arsene Wenger would do especially well to learn. The Villans repeatedly committed a number of nagging fouls to break the rhythm of the Gunners’ play, but Good Ol’ Arsenal just didn’t play with the bit of ice in their hearts. Ultimately, they paid for it with the points. As anyone who has watched football will tell you, this isn’t new to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.

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