Over the last decade, the fan base appears to have divided, firstly in small sections, but now it appears to have been divided further, in even smaller sections. We have a fan base that is so large and diverse; it really is bound to bring in lots of discussion and divisive opinions.
Sometimes I don’t even see Arsenal supporters anymore, I just see groups of people, justifying within their groups and to each other about the things that go on at Arsenal, like their version of the truth is the correct one, or the truth at all.
The groups often get smaller and smaller, purely because people have grown more confident in their opinion on a certain subject, especially on Twitter.
People with a small number of followers tend to have very little to say, people with many, tend to have a lot, and with them, often strong opinions, that often get increase with time. People with a low amount of followers, often have strong opinions too, but are under-followed and perhaps are not as confident on their opinion on a particular subject at Arsenal, especially in comparison to someone who has gained a few thousand followers and believes that with them following him or her, it in turn, means they agree with his or her mind-set, therefore, they must be correct.
This is the one of the problems in social networking: an incredibly negative person, could attract negative people, because they might be like-minded, and therefore seemingly attacking positive people together for their way of thinking. They could also seemingly attack those who are not as positive for not being negative enough, and attack each other for the sheer *joy of negativity*.
Of course, this can also happen to people who are incredibly positive, they often attract positive people, which is great, and also people who are in the middle, who often look for little bundles of positivity, but they also attract negative people, either looking for what little hope is left, or hoping to destroy the hope you have.
Many of our supporters have become more individual and have a much more personal Arsenal thanks to Social Networking, each believing their opinion for logic and truth, or they follow the opinion of someone with a lot of followers, sometimes without really breaking it down in deductible logic, which is quite worrying.
I’m not so sure everyone thinks the same on all things Arsenal, though many are divided into two groups, we’re very individual and we react to what suits our agenda, sometimes truth or logic suits our agenda and that’s the best kind of agenda to have.
This list is very long but the average Arsenal supporter has an opinion on everything (me included, I’m a bastard). And I think compared to most football supporters. Many of the things we have an opinion on, is almost always divided into so many different ways, based on so many different stories, rumours and experiences.
These are some of the things our fans worry and argue about, yearly (some fans worry about these daily):
Arsene’s way of coaching.
Arsene’s way buying.
Arsene’s way of selling.
Arsene’s way of developing youth.
Arsene’s control, or lack of.
Arsene’s ability prior to Dein, after Dein.
Arsene’s ability before oil money, after oil money.
Arsene’s ways of lying to media, sometimes fans, to protect financial future of club.
Arsene’s ways of using his poker face, exceptionally.
Arsene’s negotiation skills.
Arsene’s way of ruining a player, by playing him out of position and Arsene’s ways of making a player world class, by playing him out of position.
That’s just Arsene, I’m sure there are lots more.
Gazidis’s job description, where he should be, what he should be doing, when he should be doing it, when he should go on holiday, when he shouldn’t.
The same goes for Dick Law.
Gazidis’s way of *failing* to get us player X, or selling a player that wanted out and more than we could offer him.
Those that feel Gazidis & Dick Law’s ways of helping us secure Koscielny, Arteta, Mertesacker, Monreal, Cazorla, Giroud, Podolski and also securing the long term contracts of Ramsey, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Wilshere, Chamberlain, Walcott, our British Core, has been ignored by those critical of Gazidis and Law.
Transfer Window: Cesc lovers, Cesc haters, RvP was right to leave, RvP as wrong to leave, RvP is a cunt , you name it, list is endless. The casual *we shouldn’t have let Flamini go in 2008*, or the usual *Sigh, they’re not like The Invincibles* & the ones that follow with no shit Sherlock.
The board’s lack of willingness to spend.
The board’s willingness to help us spend when we could, prior to stadium move (and decades before that), which helped set the stage for the, then to become The Invincibles.
The board’s sustainability concept being wrong or disappointing.
The sustainability concept being right, or great.
The values of the board and their vision.
Stan Kroenke is so silent that I’m sure some Gooners would sign him up for The Voice or X Factor, Usmanov is so loud that some would prefer they swapped P.R. groups.
The white lies the board have said in stating year after year that they would financially back Arsene, from 2006 to now ( what else are they supposed to say).
You can also find a huge difference in opinion on things not even concerned with football, but within the fan base itself.
People get angry over terminology, over acronyms, being part of a gooner family, being called a goonerette, a person’s attitude to values you hold dear.
Unreasonable demanding supporters &, reasonable demanding supporters arguing who is right and who is reasonable and who is unreasonable.
Supporters that don’t wish to abuse players, supporters that think it’s okay to abuse players, even if it’s their first season.
Foreign versus Home Support.
How quiet the Emirates can be.
Booing a player.
Not Booing a player.
And that is just within our club.
Twitter is just a huge giant mess of angry and often lovely Arsenal supporters at best.
Then you have the complainers, then the ones who complain about the complainers, and another group who complains about the complaints of the complainers.
Then you have wankers like me, who feels compelled to write this stuff like this and people like you who read this stuff, it’s all very tiring.
This summer has felt incredibly long even though it is the first summer in a long time where any player we buy effectively means we’re actually strengthening and not selling any key players. It’s not helped by people who are frustrated with all things Arsenal, just sat at a computer, with a readied negative response to anything.
It can get tiring. It is tiring.
Did I mention it was tiring?
It really is. Not just on Twitter, but in real life too.
Our fan base worries about so much so often, that I feel we forget what it’s like to support this club. We forget how easy it is to just enjoy *or stress in an orgasmic way* to a 90 minute football match.
There’s over a 100 things people disagree about in the club, based on who they know, what they’ve done and what they’ve been told. 90% of it might all be bullshit and they follow with conclusions to suit their emotions and yet they believe it to all be true, that’s what you’re dealing with all the time in our fan base.
Some of us, we all know each other too well, we’re all too busy picking arguments or trying to be right that we’ve all perhaps become a bit predictable and many have become grumpier and grumpier and are mocked for it, whilst others still hold on to the positive thoughts they have regarding the club and are mocked for that.
That list is very long, and it could get longer, debates are fun and they are a great way of communicating within a fan base, but ours seem to distract from the beauty of the game sometimes and focus on the blaming side of it. You don’t need to be waking up every day with someone to blame. Like you are a victim of being a supporter of Arsenal, waking up every day feeling entitled, like they owe you something.
We may need to stop worrying so much and get behind the team. Actually, we definitely need to stop worrying so much collectively and get behind the team, all the time.
Confidence is a huge factor in performance; you can see that with Ramsey and many of our players.
I am sure no matter what our line-up is come August or September; they’re going to need our support. And in the end, that’s what we are, supporters, right?
We’re all fallible in so many ways and we don’t have the answer to everything, both in life and with Arsenal and that is completely ok.
I will leave you guys with a quote I attribute from my good friend Travis @Zitov2
“People need your support at their worst, not at their best.”
And although I believe Arsenal to be far from their worst, it still applies to many.
If you want to abuse me or love me after reading this, you can find me @ The_Beck_