By Chris Toronyi

What a way to start the week. By 2pm Pacific Time in Los Angeles Monday, the game had ended and the rest of the day was still there. Just standing there right in front of me with a blank stare. No emotion, nothing. Supporters in Europe and further East had the night to sleep it off or enjoy an adult beverage or two.

I had to will myself to continue on. I had little motivation to do anything, or talk to anyone. Or better yet, to write this post.

I texted my good friend Barry in Dallas after the match and his response was the same. It was a big loss. We had the opportunity to seize control of third, but we were unable to deliver when it mattered. All the things Wenger had spoken about over the last couple of months were forgotten.

But were the elements of our recent success really forgotten? Or was it more than that? We looked tired. Not just physically tired - which is so easy to gauge - but also mentally tired. The players are human. Their minds wander and get tired. It happens.

We all know being mentally tired is a recipe for disaster. It's the worst form of tired. And disaster is exactly what Monday's performance delivered.

But is it the end? Of course not. We still control our destiny. We still have a team that can deliver when it needs to (sans Monday!) And we have the players to do so. Especially those kids Ramsey and Walcott. Yes, Aaron and Theo. Two players that need us to back them, not alienate them. We are a family. We must lift others when we are down. Not drag them down further.

We win as a team and lose as a team. There is no in-between.

It's Tuesday morning in Los Angeles as I write this, so I have the rest of the day to not think about the Arsenal. But I will be thinking of The Arsenal tomorrow when we record The Arsenal America Podcast with @Arse2Mouse and @7amKickoff. Tim and Tim. Should be entertaining and interesting and hopefully fun.

The show will be available Wednesday night instead of our usual Thursday release.

...and the arm still hurts. Thanks London.


Previous entries:

April 12: Emotionally spent
March 29: No doubt
March 23: An amazing run
March 13: Mad Men, mad season
March 6: Rush of emotion
February 29: Pride and joy
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 22: Anger is beautiful
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 8: A welcome display
February 1: The value of value
January 31: FA Cup magic
January 24: We have to be supportive
January 19: This is a massive game

Stateside Gooner - Chris Toronyi

'Stateside Gooner' Chris Toronyi is a longtime Arsenal supporter and the host of The Arsenal America podcast, available every Thursday evening at You can read more of Chris' thoughts on Twitter

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18 Apr 2012