It has been a bit of an enforced absence from me over the past few days, lots of assignments to be written and work to be done. Thankfully for you – I jest – I am back.
The atmosphere is full of rage and disappointment right now – which one probably depends on what clique you now belong to. From what I have observed over the past few seasons with increasing anger is the fact our fans seem to like to identify themselves as different from each other, like some kind of political party.
“Wenger is the best!!”
“Shut up!! Another member of the AKB brigade I see!!”
“Oh so you are one of the ‘Wenger out brigade’ I see!”
I’m sick and tired of reading this crap. Just because someone holds a certain opinion on the manager they are labeled and shamed like this is some kind of Arsenalised Apartheid and it is doing my head in. You can’t escape from the crap that is being spewed by many when it comes to catagorising certain supporters.
Tensions are high right now, I’ve seen myself a bit of fisticuffs in the stands between our own fans and it really is maddening, I have also heard first hand some of the abuse that members of the current squad get from their own fans, which is just as bad as punching a fellow Arsenal supporter in the mouth for holding a different view. So, excuse this little bit of hypocrisy when I say I don’t want to be associated with boneheads.
If you wish to label me, or this blog as pro/anti anything then go ahead. You are just another of those idiots I was talking about a minute ago.I’m not going to give it the big Mandela speech and ask for unity or anything like that – just a little bit of respect would do nicely. Agree to disagree, don’t abuse. Drop beats, not bombs, that kind of thing.
This brings me onto the next thing; the planned protest for the game against Villa. My understanding is that this is NOT an anti-Wenger march and is just a campaign for the fans to have more involvement and be more appreciated by the club. Of the many positive things they are campaigning for include split season ticket payments, the ability to swap seats with other season ticket holders and downgrading from a season ticket to silver membership – small changes but ones that may greatly enhance fans enjoyment and the atmosphere at the stadium.
Action like this has my backing, it is peaceful and as long as it isn’t hi-jacked by morons I hope it works. The AST support it and fans really do need to be heard now more than ever. Money for fans is tight and an ear pointed in their direction may be the difference between a season ticket or membership renewal or giving it up.
If this season had been more of a success I don’t think too much would be said of this protest, but as things are sour, it is built up and that’s when the Chinese whispers gets going and suddenly we have what is apparently a huge revolt on our hands. Twitter is a great thing, but when it comes to events like this false rumours are quick to spread.
Find the actual website of the organisation organising the protest. Read their press-release. Draw your own conclusions.
I won’t be on the protest, I will be in the pub with friends before heading to the ground shouting myself hoarse.
And now it seems I have to venture into the business of taking apart our 2-1 loss to Bolton apart piece by piece. Again, the effort was fine but the bit extra that would have stood us apart from them was missing once again, the team look tired, the manager looks ill and stressed and the end of the season just can’t come soon enough. We know it is all over, we don’t need telling that by United, Spurs or Chelsea fans – Its been accepted by me, for now it is about putting on a good show for the last few games, beating United and building towards what will be a simply massive summer for club and manager.
This is a magnificent read by Oliver Holt of Mirror Football. I urge you to read it..
For now there are a few more days for reflection and thoughts on what needs to be changed. For sure, players need to depart, quality needs to arrive. How much further does it go than that? Well, the manager has my backing for another season and I will judge after that.
However for now, we need to stick together and do what we pay to do.. support.
We are The Arsenal remember, **** all the rest.