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.
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.