You can judge a man by the company he keeps.
This generally holds true in life and also in the Gooner world.
Birds of a feather flock together
That’s another one that’s rings true.So why does this next one annoy me so much?
We are all Gooners together.
How often during a heated Blog or Tweet discussion does some do-gooder pop up and tell us that?
But just how much are we expected to accept from someone ,simply because they wear the same replica shirt?
Whether its right or wrong,we usually judge people by our own standards.
In my previous life there were some famous “hard men” about town.They were actually no more that bullies and braggarts.They built a reputation by beating up some poor blokes who they knew before hand had no heart for violence.
You could see them all shaking hands with each other,back slapping each other following their latest act of wanton thuggery.All pissing in the same rancid pot of life.
On any occasion I found myself in their company ,I never spoke to them.If they tried to engage me I would make a point of simply turning away from them and talking to someone I found less objectionable.They hated this mark of disrespect ,and I knew it.Which of course was why I did it.
I lost count of the times I was asked why I would not speak to these people.My answer was always the same “He is a bully and a piece of shit”
Now if you are wondering where I am going with this ,we are getting to it now.
Next they would say,”But he is always all right with you”
And I would say”Fuck him”
The reality was that I felt by simply talking to him I was endorsing his behaviour.I was saying it was fine for him to treat other people badly as long as he was Ok with me.
So way are we expected to accept crass and bullying behavior towards our players and manager,by some piece of shit ,because he is ok with us?
If someone is just being cunt about the team ,manager or player ,don’t engage them at all.
We have all seen discussions about who are better fans.Actually its an irrelevant question.Better to ask who is the better person.
Are you a better person because you have more money or a better education.Well of course you are not
Are you a better person because you live your life to a higher standard of morality,hold yourself to higher standards? Yes,chances are that you are.
So would you want Wayne Rooney at the club?
Would you want his brand of aggressive,petulant and egotistical behaviour ?
“one bad apple ” as they say.
The argument that he is better than we have ,or that he is a winner ,matters not a jot to me.
Someone like him (a man who refers to us as Arseanal btw) is going to become a big part of my life if he plays for Arsenal.I don’t want that,no thank thank you.
I know that in this case it will never happen anyway.Its as ridiculous a proposition as I have heard in a long time,but the principal is important.
When it came out that RVP had released that statement to “you guys” ,many people were saying we should bow to his demands,That because he was such a good player we should put up with his treachery .I immediately said “Why should we accept behaviour for him that we would find unacceptable in any other walk of life,just because he can bang a few goals in “
How far are we prepared to go to add to our points tally?
What is important to you.The principles you live your life by,or a few extra points come the end of the season?