In this blog, I continue my fan interview series with a Liverpool fan. Before going any further, let me go over the exhilarating Arsenal win over Leicester F.C. 4-3 might be a thrilling score line for a neutral fan but for a Gunner, the heart was in his mouth until the final whistle was blown. Without getting too much into the details of the game, I would like to point a few things I noticed, New signings Laca and Seo (The Tank!) fared better in their debuts; Elneny is not Ramsey yet; Giroud is invaluable; Ozil, Xhaka (even with 2 assists) and Ox were a mixed bag; Holding had a night to forget and finally; Arsène Wenger made all the right changes. Overall it feels better to be on the right side of that scoreline and win our opening game for a change (Remember our openers against West Ham and Liverpool in the past few years?).
The fan interview questions are the same as in my previous blog. As before, the fan replies are in color and my mind voice here and there would be in italics. I know many good friends who are Reds fans, to choose one over the other was purely on availability (Disclaimer for any of my friends reading this and feeling ignored). For this interview, I talked to Robin from India, a fan of Liverpool since 2004 and continues to follow them now from the USA.
How did you become a fan of this club?
I was a fan of red color and When I started watching soccer in TV, I was looking for teams in Red to support. Also, one of my uncle happened to live in UK who was then a huge fan of Manchester United. In conversations with him, he told how much he hated Liverpool being a United fan and that made me choose the side of Liverpool just for the sake of arguing with him then. However, after watching the UEFA Champions League final of 2004, I was completely convinced that I chose the right side.
What is your honest prediction for the club this upcoming season in EPL, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup in that order?
3rd in EPL; Reaching semifinals in Champions League (more of a hope), FA cup winners, Reach finals in EFL cup. <FA cup??? For that you had to go past Arsenal!>
Which one team do you think is your biggest title rival in the league for the upcoming season?
No one. But I would say Manchester City. Because I find them difficult to beat in my FIFA17 (chuckles). <You sound a little overconfident!>
Who do you think is your club’s most important signing this summer and why?
Mohamed Salah. Because I feel his signing gives us the option of playing Coutinho in the attacking mid position. Following our preseason games, I feel they both have a good chemistry and if Coutinho stays, this duo would be unstoppable. Only van Dijk signing could top him as it will give us a good defense that we never had in the recent seasons. <If Coutinho stays. . .. >
If your club were to sign the next £150M+ player, who would you like that player to be?
For me, that would either be Kylian Mbappe from Monaco or Dybala from Juventus. <They are good but I believe they both are headed elsewhere>
Who is the one most exciting young prospect coming out of your club that can make an impact this season?
Ben Woodburn <Watched his strike in one of the preseason games, Kid’s got talent!>
If you are given a chance to recall (hypothetically) one player from your club’s previous teams for this season who would that be?
Daniel Agger or Martin Skrtel. For their defensive attributes and loyalty. <I don’t know about their defensive quality but loyalty sure is hard to come by these days>
According to you, what was the most memorable win for your club last season?
Our last game against Middlesbrough. It gave us a top 4 finish that we craved for under Klopp. <I rooted for The Boro’s>
What do you like about Arsenal as a football club?
Their fan’s passion. Even when they or losing they don’t give up unlike some plastic fans out there (You know who I am talking about). Some of my friends of opposite gender are Arsenal fans and that is quite surprising then. Coming from India, you are aware that girls who follow soccer and that too EPL is not so common. <I guess the plastic fans he is referring to are ManU fans… probably just rival trash talk>
If available, who is the one current Arsenal player you would like to add to your squad?
Hector Bellerin. He is freaky fast. <Bellerin but no Sanchez/Ozil???>
I would like to thank Robin for his time to talk with me for this blog. At the time of our conversations, the season was yet to begin. But now, I believe his mind is full of his team’s defensive frailties against Watford, Coutinho exit talks and other transfer rumors. We will leave him to that and I will see you all in my next part of this fan interview series. Cheers!