A group of Arsenal fans were in the pub last night, clearly on cloud nine after their team's FA Cup victory against Spurs.
Now these guys are genuine Arsenal fans - stuck with the club through thick and thin. Supporters of manager Arsene Wenger too - even when some fans were calling for the Frenchmen's head, these guys were saying insisting that, despite the lack of recent silverware, there was no-one out there better.
They are a cautious lot, these Arsenal fans, though. They've been there before - plenty of false dawns in recent seasons which ended in another year of resigned frustration. So this season, they were neither up in arms about the defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day, nor carried away when Arsenal went on a run that saw them top the Premier League.
But top of the Prem at the end of the year, still in the mix in the Champions League (albeit facing the prospect of a daunting two-legged tie against Bayern Munich), and beating North London rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup, and even these die-hard Arsenal cynics are starting to believe.
'I can't believe I'm gonna say it', said one Arsenal fan, 'But I think it's the real deal this time'.
'I can't help myself', said another, 'I'm starting to believe too that this is going to be our year'.
'All depends on Wenger, though', another Arsenal fan chipped in. 'He has to do something this month and get in a couple of players. Otherwise it will be the injuries that will do us in'.
'Berbatov ?', came the suggestion.
'Absolutely', came the reply, 'A perfect signing until the end of the season. We don't need to do much, but we do need to at least do the Berbatov deal. It could make all the difference'.
'You guys really think Arsenal will win the Premier League this year ?', I asked.
'At least', said one of the Gunners fans. 'Maybe the FA Cup too'.
Arsenal fans, then, are really starting to believe - at last.
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