The England spirit

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The England spirit

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal’s season has come to an end for yet another year, and while that may be depressing for some fans, there’s a lot to look forward to as we prepare for the summer. A new manager will be taking the reigns, the transfer window will be open again soon, and most importantly, it’s time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Seriously, how could you not be pumped for that?

The majority of Arsenal supporters will be getting behind the England national team, but a handful still possess the mentality of ‘club football is the only thing that matters’. As bizarre as that may sound, it’s true, and in some ways, we can understand it. After all, as English football fans we haven’t been given much to shout about at either the World Cup or European Championships over the years. We’re conditioned to believe that things will be different every two years when in reality, nothing ever changes.

But this time, it legitimately feels like there’s a different vibe in the air – and it’s not a guarantee that it’s a positive one. Instead of going into the tournament with overwhelmingly high expectations, this time, we know full well that we aren’t the favourites. Under the reign of Gareth Southgate, it feels like we’re starting to prioritise young and hungry stars as opposed to the egotistical crop of big names that we’re used to seeing on the big stage.

If Arsenal fans can get behind the English in the same manner with which they do at the Emirates, then it’d be better for everyone involved. Obviously, we probably don’t need to even be saying this, given that we all get swept up in World Cup fever regardless of the situation.

With that being said, everyone usually likes to ‘boycott’ the idea of England being successful because it’s the ‘cool’ thing to do, even though the possibility of us going far in the World Cup is an extremely exciting prospect. Any kind of joy that England have will resonate throughout the Premier League, and in particular, Arsenal. They’ve got a handful of players who could still play an important role in Russia, they’re already in rebuilding mode, and their situation draws many comparisons to what the England national team are going through.

So don’t be moody and dwell on the past in the next few months – get up, go to the pub, and get behind your country.

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