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I Want My Arsenal Supporters Back!

Matt Windmill seeks to separate the men from the boys in today’s guest post.Image

 

After hard fought back-to-back 1-0 victories, is it just possible the Banner and Black Bin Bag faction now have their Arsenal back?

Perhaps we can look forward to another stellar season like the one that the 1994-95 vintage squad delivered us? Isn’t this what the BW Brigade want? (Banner W**kers for those wondering).

A 12th placed finish in the league, which at one point actually looked like it could turn into a relegation scrap, were it not for a late run.  George Graham sacked after a bungs scandal and Paul Merson missing for three months while he underwent treatment to combat drug and gambling addictions.

Sounds great doesn’t it?

It got me thinking though, where were the banners and protests then? 

Where were the supporters’ groups telling us what to think, telling us what we want, and then representing ‘our’ views to the club?  Where was the booing in the stadium of such performers as Ian Selley, David Hillier and the howls of frustration at wing wizard Glenn Helder?  If the vocal minority are moaning and whinging today, back then they must have been apoplectic with rage!

Or maybe there is another possibility.

Perhaps they only started supporting Arsenal once the good times had actually returned?

Perhaps it was only after Arsene Wenger arrived and revolutionised English football – and more importantly – our great club.

Transforming The Arsenal into one of the top 10 clubs in Europe, doing away with the “Boring, boring” Arsenal tag and producing the most exciting brand of football the English game has ever seen.

Overseeing the construction of arguably the best football stadium in European football.

Whilst consistently challenging for honours at the top of the English game.

How happy the BWs must have been in 2004, with the delivery of an historic unbeaten season, by a team capable of beating any opposition, right across the globe.

You see – as any glory hunting supporter will tell you – it is easy to follow a team when they are winning. Just ask the majority of Manchester United supporters.

But the arrival of Russian and Arab billions has changed the landscape forever, and made it extremely difficult to stay at the top.  Surely anyone with a smidgeon of intelligence can work that out.

Can’t they?

No, not the BW brigade!

Of course, they well know only ridicule would come their way if they were to actually  change their choice of team to support. But the anger that seeps from their pores, manifests as screamed abuse of frustration.  The logic of this ruinous mentality culminates in the ridiculous notion of them putting themselves up as those who somehow know better than one of the greatest managers in our club’s proud history.

Where am I going with this, you ask?

Well at the start of this piece I suggested, with tongue firmly in cheek, that the BW’s now have their Arsenal back, but do you know what Arsenal I want back?

I want the Arsenal back without them.

Perhaps our lean spell, trophy wise, has a silver lining?

Perhaps it separates the men from the boys.  Perhaps we will see a return to having only those fans who are there just to support? Those who smile just at the thought of walking up to The Emirates with its ever improving, ever impressive décor and its carpet-like pitch. 

And one of the best teams in Europe gracing it.

That’s what I want – comebacks from 4-0 down, 7-3 victories, attacking football that, back in that 94-95 season, I dared to not even dream about.

I don’t want my Arsenal back, because it has, and never will, leave me.  I fully intend to make the most of every single game I go to.

And hey, if I am lucky, the BW brigade will be nowhere to be seen.

 

 

 

 

About ArsenalAndrew

Annoying, perennial optimist and lifelong supporter of the finest football club the world has ever seen. My support for the club manager and every single player is non-negotiable, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Retain all options on fellow fans.

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  1. George trust me. One small grain of sand is all it takes and you can take the pool ball out of your mouth and throw the gaffer tape away.

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  2. It’s not the opposition. It’s not the home/away balance. What else could be causing a bias?

    Of course, we can make no accusation against Mr Dean based on these figures, but we have every right to believe that there is some factor at play beyond pure chance.

    Even if the bias were in some way attributable to Mr Dean, there would be no proof of intention. Referees make many decisions which on different days go different ways. Arguing, for example, whether the sending off of Koscielny in the ManC match was justified doesn’t bear on the more general point. When there is a bias, it immediately calls into question the fairness of even those decisions which many regard as correct.

    For all I know, none of this may be unusual. There may well be other equally blatant examples where results for a particular club line up with the presence of a particular referee. But there’s surely a responsibility on those who manage referees to do simple statistical tests of this sort.

    Much hangs on the outcome of football matches – more even than our own emotional welfare. The performance of individual players could well be affected by the suspicion that marginal calls may be loaded against them. So the whole system needs to be 100% proof against any claim of partiality.

    In a case like this where the numerical bias is so heavy, it would be prudent not to allocate Mr Dean to Arsenal matches for a very substantial period of time – let alone tomorrow – not because of any suspicion about him, but simply to protect football from any possible accusation of bias which goes beyond mere numbers.

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  3. Fuck me now I am getting it

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  4. …and more to the point the little cunt is probably taking backhanders, Merlot. Great stuff.

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  5. No you are not, George. Be cool.

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  6. Where does Dean come from? I mean geographically where was he born? Oh what a horrible thought. Mike Dean being born. Where was he brought up?

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  7. Cheshire County Football Association. Now let me see…what sort of people live in Cheshire? If you lived in Cheshire and you were ‘connected’ in football who might that give you access to. Think. Think. Think. Nope. Noone springs to mind.

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  8. Is he the one who looks like Jasper Carrot?

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  9. Well done with all that work Merlot.

    Seems Frank only needed a few words to describe it though

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  10. “The performance of individual players could well be affected by the suspicion that marginal calls may be loaded against them. So the whole system needs to be 100% proof against any claim of partiality.”

    excellent thought Merlot.

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  11. It really was an excellent piece of work, merlot.

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  12. Great work there Merlot.

    He’s Jasper’s stunt double. At least I think stunt is the word I’m looking for.

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  13. Just remember this guy is Mike Dean’s boss

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  14. Thanks Dups. Now I’m, fucking furious again.

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  15. So on the balance of probability, and not to put too fine a point on it, Dean is an utter disgrace of a referee who should under no circumstances be allowed anywhere near a stadium let alone a football pitch on which he will only ever soil the occasion.

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  16. Thanks George. I’ve had enough of ‘debates’ and saw this place as a haven where I Could just support the team and the players without needing to apologise for it.

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  17. Wow, dups, I am absolutely fucking fuming. On so many different levels. Dean. The Mancs. I hate that bastard that went to the Big Mancs with such an intensity now that it is hardly bearable.

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  18. Sorry Stew. Also reminded me why I hate the mancs as much as I do and purple nose especially.

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  19. We shall play such an extraordinary quality and speed of football tomorrow that it matters not one shrill whistle who the referee is

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  20. Yes we will, Anicoll5, we really will

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  21. I believe that was the match that turned Reyes mind away from Arsenal

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  22. Yes he I reckon he had had enough at that point too, dups, .Happened to Eduardo too. I will never forget the ferocity with which the English and Scottish footballing establishments went for Eduardo. Utter fuckers, every one of them.

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  23. I have a lot riding on tomorrows game.We had better give them a proper thrashing or I might make a banner myself.

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  24. Are you able to show your face up there, George?

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  25. Scottish, football your avin a laff

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  26. I can indeed Frank.

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  27. Wow a really uplifting article for a Saturday morning. Cheers mate! I only started supporting Arsenal about two years ago….so I must the opposite of a glory hunter or just mad.

    @ dupsffokcuf February 15, 2013 at 8:55 am
    Thanks for the reply and the information.

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  28. George = Deputy Dawg

    Good lad – keeping the streets safe

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  29. George is more like Topcat but who is officer Dibble?

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  30. Saturday morning? Show off. Australia’s going faster than us.

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  31. Left a reply before but it was moderated. Only laughed at a comment from earlier poster so not sure what I did wrong. Trying now to see what happens…..

    Enjoying the articles/pieces thus far but will see how things go… gl all the best.

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  32. All first time posts are moderated

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  33. I am 5 hours behind you all and I have just got home from work but I just had to comment; excefuckinllent stuff today!
    To think, I thought Stew was the Godhead that runs ACLF! Thanks Frank for putting me straight on that one..phew!
    Glad also to see Little Dutch gracefully understand the real focus of this site.
    Happy weekend everyone; so happy and confident I can’t wait for the next round draw!

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  34. I just read the comments and I really enjoyed the posts by the regular posters. However, I saw this from Tim Stillman, replying to ZimPaul, and I feel I have to write something about it:

    “I see your point, but I’m guessing fans of FC United, AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth, desperately trying to save their football club now, would disagree.”

    This alone shows the context under which this gentleman views the current management of Arsenal Football Club. I understand he is a long standing supporter and blog writer, but this man is not a ‘fence sitter’. He is someone pretending to act in a reasonable manner but instead being an insidious agent of the Wenger-out campaigners – not overt, but subtle, which is far more dangerous. I feel I have to call him out for the true nature of his comments.

    @Frank February 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    LOL I really enjoyed this comment! Cheers mate.

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  35. Dissertation on Nietzsche. God forbid, I might have known. Not my favourite topic, too many unpleasant associations. Now if you’d written a dissertation on Brecht, or at least Steppenwolf, maybe the Tin Drum Man. I’m not anti-German nationalism and all its mythology and reawakening you understand, but if you could see what the German colonialism did with Overman, in Namibia, Tanzania, in its direct wake, you would understand. To this day, Tanzanians, the gentlest of people I have ever met, take pride that they defeated the Germans in battle and slaughtered every soldier in the aftermath.

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  36. @Zimpaul

    The Tanzanians beat the Germans? As a student of history, could I ask if you would happen to have a link that describes these events?

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  37. Sav from Australia – well said! (02:25)

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