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NOTHING CHANGES

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Nothing has changed
Thierry glides down the pitch
Racing past another defender
Ball at his feet, fire in his eyes

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Freddie running in from the right
Absorbing the sly Henry pass
Sliding it back in front of goal
Another Bergkamp tap in

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Nothing has changed
Except for the names
But the Arsenal continues on

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The present Gunners score goals
Block shots, make tackles, win games
Just like the Gunners of
Ten years ago, fifty years ago
One hundred years ago

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 The net still ripples and bulges
When a spinning ball is crossed
Into the box and headed passed a ‘keeper
By a #9 or a #7 or even a #2 red uniform
Worn by a gallant Gunner at Highbury

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Nothing has changed
Arsenal still travel to Newcastle
And Manchester and Liverpool
And yes, sometimes even Sunderland
With a crowd of travelling Gooners to
Celebrate every goal, every victory
With them

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Arsenal are ever present in Europe
Sometimes in the UEFA Cup but
Most often in the Champions League
Travelling to Eindhoven and Dortmund
One year and Valencia and Milan the next
Advancing, always advancing through
The arduous stages of the tournaments

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Nothing has changed
There are still parades around Highbury
To the town hall of Islington
The league cup held high overhead
Celebrating yet another championship

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 FA Cups are still raised and kissed
First at Wembley and now over in Cardiff
Doubles are still done – ’71, ’98, ‘02

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Nothing has changed
The team still trot onto the pitch
On Saturday afternoons, three o’clock
As they have for over a century

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 In a burning red Arsenal heart
Nothing has changed
Nothing ever will

Notes

-23 April ’04

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/nothing-changes/