Breathe In, Breathe Out - Mat Kearney
We push and pull
And I fall down sometimes
But I’m not letting go
You hold the other line
Cause there is a light in your eyes
Buffy Meme - (3/4) Relationships → Buffy & Faith
"We’re slayers, girlfriend. The Chosen Two."
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
“I honestly didn’t think too far ahead. Every single time I finished a job, that was it: I was screwed; I was never gonna act again,” she says with a laugh. Even at this point, “longevity” is the no-nonsense goal she’s setting for herself. But Maslany overlooks the simple fact of her own star quality.
"For Per Mertesacker, “being Arsenal” is not simply about the mature, frequently elegant football they are playing this season. For the tall, intelligent centre-half, “being Arsenal” is also about spending a day researching the plight of refugees, coaching those who felt the world had abandoned them and then donating a day’s wages to charity. “Being Arsenal makes me proud,’’ said Mertesacker.”
“Being Arsenal makes me proud not only as a footballer on the pitch but also part of this Foundation work. Arsenal stands for tradition. I feel the class of the people here at Arsenal, good people. Arsenal have a history of doing great things for the community. Arsenal have never forgotten their roots. I stand for that as well.’’
For Mertesacker, “being Arsenal” began aged 10 when he visited an aunt who was living in England. She took him and one of his two brothers to a shop. “I grabbed the Arsenal shirt and my brother grabbed the Man United shirt. There was always a rivalry between ManU and Arsenal and always big rivalry between us as brothers. I actually have two shirts, the JVC one, home and away. There are pictures of me playing in the shirt, aged 10 or 12. I liked Tony Adams. But it was hard for me to chose one role model. It made me feel good just ‘being Arsenal’. I’ve always wanted to be in touch with Arsenal, have a little relationship between us. It was a big thing when Arsenal first called me. I said to myself: ‘I have to go. I have the shirt’.’’
Mertesacker signed in 2011 from Werder Bremen, forcing his brother to surrender his United affiliations. “He has switched completely now. From time to time, he gets on the bus at the Emirates and goes to away games. He doesn’t introduce himself as my brother. He just badly wants an adventure. He likes the fan culture, the passion. He’s made some friends on buses. He just wants to be an away fan and support Arsenal.’’
Even in that troubled first year, Mertesacker never regretted moving to England. “No, never. I always had faith that I had the qualities to be a regular in a Premier League team. It was a hard fight but at the end I’m really proud. I now have the nose and can smell the danger. I now know when my partner (Laurent Koscielny) needs me to cover him.
Ramsey was even applauded by Cardiff fans when scoring against them last weekend. “I asked him before the game: ‘It would be crazy if they boo you at Cardiff as well as at Swansea.’ He didn’t know what would happen. He thought maybe it (booing) can happen. It was really surprising and so respectful when they clapped him. Ramsey is such a kind person that he deserves that.
“I don’t know whether that would have happened in Germany. I played with Marko Marin at Werder Bremen. He went back to Borussia Moenchengladbach, the club that developed him, and they booed him. That’s football. That’s the business.’’
“We have great quality now. We are well-respected. When I came to Arsenal I didn’t expect to be well-respected but I was immediately made to feel comfortable. I felt supported. The fans sing that I’m a ‘Big f***** German’. I was really surprised. I was not sure about it, about what it meant. But I know it’s affectionate so I will go with it! I hope to hear it again and again. I love ‘being Arsenal’.’”