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We used to be

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 When cup ties against Swansea city
would have been a mere formality,
when players here prospered and grew
back in the days, when Arsene knew,
it was an easy, easy thing
to love a team that would often win

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 It was easier on the heart and head
not to anticipate games with dread
I look back on this time and smile,
about when our biggest problem was Rob Styles,
and not the fact that we have become
a team who are not as much fun.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 We sit and watch hand in hand
neither of us ever planned
to support this kind of frustrating team
but how could anybody dream
that a team who didn’t lose for 49 games
could cause their fans this much pain?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 We used to be that team, he said,
the one you would rather play anyone else instead,
the team nobody wanted theirs to draw
criticised for the 1-0 bore,
Pires, Vieira, Henry, Eboue…
and look at the team we have today.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 It’s true that we aren’t as strong,
and yet none of the love is gone,
us gooners moan, complain and whine,
and still I know, this team is mine,
I rage but then to my dismay,
I realise I love them anyway.

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Notes

Watching another tedious display with my fellow-gooner boyfriend and feeling nostalgic about more prosperous times for Arsenal!

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/we-used-to-be/