By Chris Toronyi

Loving a family member is unconditional -- at least in most cases. Other loves in life take time, require evaluation and understanding, and for us to decide how much love we'll give. I'm pretty sure that at the beginning of the season we all categorized this Arsenal squad as a family member, but one that lived in another country that we've only visited a couple times. We know we loved them, but how much?

This team felt somewhat foreign to me and I had limited expectations before the season. I truly did not know what to expect. But I gotta say after this weekend's effort and passion ...  I'm ready to accept this season's squad into the category of full family member. I'd gladly friend them on Facebook and add to my Skype contacts.

Not saying the previous results didn't warrant the family stamp of love, but seeing the team's reaction after the Kos goal gave me that loving feeling. I saw a team grow, show want and most of all passion for each other. There wasn't the slightest bit of hesitation from any of the members of squad after the ball hit the net. It was an instant flash of euphoria.

They all instantly took a dead sprint to Kos. It was an amazing sight. Gerv, Aaron and BFG were the first to catch my eye with their reaction times. It was passionate. It was love for one another. Love for the team. Love for Arsenal.

Love seeing love for the Arsenal.

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

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25 Sep 2012