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Are Uber-Fans Trying To Destroy Arsenal? Parts 1 and 2

Football has always been about opinions.

In the olden days we would sit around in small groups and moan about certain players. We might also blame the manager for poor form. It was always thus.

Now though we have taken moaning to new levels. There are those who have taken to attacking everything at the club to professional levels.

There are those that write blogs, tweet and podcast that have large followings and they have become Uber-Fans.

Based on what?

You might well ask!  Well in most cases it’s based on no more than their mistaken belief that they are experts on err, umm err… well, everything really.

If you listen to podcasts, follow twitter or read blogs, they’re full of annoyingly pretentious ill-informed pillocks seeking to impress the gullible and the equally ill-informed. They pontificate from a position of ignorance on all matters relating to the club.

So now instead of it just being a few of us moaning about what our eyes have seen, it’s thousands moaning about things they know bugger all about.

These Uber-Fans are like contestants on The X-Factor who are prepared to make absolute idiots of themselves simply to become a celebrity. They seem intent on showing how smart they are at the expense of the club.

The problem being – they are not that smart at all. They are just loud.

Of course, I don’t want to tar everyone with the same brush. There are those who know a lot and talk a lot of sense. Every week I look forward to reading The Tim Stillman (@LittleDutchVA) column on Arseblog. Tim offers ideas on tactics, players and the manager that I find both interesting and even educational. However, he does not preach or insist that his ideas and opinions are definitive. In short, he doesn’t profess to be a know-all. I might be wrong, but it looks to me that he also understands that he has a responsibility to be balanced. There are others, but they are thin on the ground.

The tone of many bloggers, tweeters and podcasters is provocative, snide and almost bitter. You might think winning the FA Cup, signing the likes of Sanchez and Ozil, or even the appointment of a new fitness supremo would have mellowed the tone of these uninformed experts, but no, none of it. Everything from tactics and formations to the timing of substitutions and how many sugars Doris is putting in the tea, is savaged and rubbished.

Here are some words from our own Arsenal Andrew:

There is an irony not lost on many of us here in having a man with the brilliance of Wenger hounded by the likes of those for whom the lights may appear to be on, but who quite clearly, are no longer at home.

The genius of Wenger is conversely offset by the rank stupidity of a noisy band of barackers, modern-day hecklers who long ago forgot what it meant to support, who today visit upon the club as disconnected strangers sadly oblivious to the maxim of supporting through thick and thin.

Together this limp collection of disbelievers rally together with the single hollow bond of those claiming to love the club to the ends of the earth, but who in reality, as Bergkamp memorably observed, love merely the version with trophies.

They lightly skip, trip and stumble over what they would have us believe are the issues of the hour. Meanwhile the club grows and develops, moving purposefully and with grace, ever forward towards a goal and a destiny born of breathtaking ambition.

A destiny in which we, the fans, had just one job.

We just had the one job.

I was hoping that the fight was over, that the clear and present improvement of the club would allow us to just get on with that one job.

Seems I hoped in vain.

hadonejob

By pedantic george aka @Blackburngeorge

 

 

Now. Part 2 from Andrew @anicoll5

What used to be bizarre to my sight to the approach of the Uberbloggers and their flocks of credulous sheep was the incessantly changing targets of their dissatisfaction. As Tim has rightly said above yesterday it was Stan paying £3m out of funds of the club he owns, in relation to work he is entitled to for services rendered, into another business that he owns and which performed that service. The day before it is something else, the day before that some new perceived calamity that Arsene or the cub or some poor unfortunate player has maliciously heaped on the poor suffering fans, blah, blah, blah.

Gaze backwards a few months. The Uber bloggers whine was “Spend some farking money’ “Sign a farking forward” ” that Giroo is farking useless” “that Thomas Vermaelen is deadwood – get rid ” Their sheep baa’ed the message they had been fed loudly across the digital world, the phone in lines buzzed with self important discontents.

But we know the club gets on with its business buys and sells players. The strikers are bought, damn fine players. Do we hear any jot of pleasure or contentment from the Uber bloggers and the flock ? Not a bit of it. Now it has moved on to “Sign a farking central defensive beast” “Sign a farking defender’ “Why did you let Tommy V go for fark’s sake” etcetera etcetera etcetera.

I won’t bore you by taking you through fifty other examples of whining about commercial revenue streams, sponsorship, players signed, players not signed, deadwood kept, deadwood not kept, we have to win a trophy, oK we won a trophy but that don’t count. It is a constantly changing target of unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Nothing Arsenal football club does is ever good enough, there is no joy or contentment in these people’s lives. They live to moan.

And then the mists cleared and I understood.

Now I suspect there are some Uberbloggers who are literally farmers of this discontent, and who understand that they can make a living by peddling material that attracts hits on their websites and £k’ching in their accounts. In a sense I admire them. They have identified a market and have devised, over time, a service product that satisfies and earns them a reward for work undertaken. They supply the sheep with a constantly changing themes of the wrong that Arsenal football club is doing to their fans, a daily diet of alleged crimes to top up their grievance levels. Peyton and Le Grove etc are service providers.

And the sheep themselves, this great baa’ing credulous mob prepared to turn on any player, any manager, any fellow fan who fails to join their abuse of the Club, who engage in strange clothing rituals of black scarves, like some form of jihadist sect! Who are they ?

Well I suspect a significant proportion of them are suffering from a mild form of a condition called “dysphoria”. That is a state of mind in which the individual is pathologically unable to enjoy or to even gain contentment with their circumstances in life, or in this case with the football cub they believe, and probably sincerely believe, they “support”. Those suffering dysphoria externalise the mixture of anxiety and depression they experience. No matter what changes in the external world however, how their personal circumstances might improve materially or emotionally, they will not be happy because that healthy psychological response is not open to them. Even if a long term demand is satisfied today, by tomorrow morning a whole new set of dissatisfactions will have been created, or as I explained above, been provided by the “service providers”.

So no George these people are not out to destroy Arsenal , the people are sick.

120 comments on “Are Uber-Fans Trying To Destroy Arsenal? Parts 1 and 2

  1. Sav from Australia
    September 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    dont know if it would be a good move for the club to bother about blogs and twitter…why give them any value?….besides, i think the negativity of the internet gives a false picture…its not like that in the ground…in fact i have been impressed this season…

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  2. I suppose you are right, Hunter – don’t feed the trolls hehe

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  3. i dont know i think this moaning phenomenon is not new in football.. its always existed …it was just limited in nutters calling radio shows at 03.00 in the morning…truck drivers..taxi drivers, security wardens, students, all-star wasters ….or if it was more formal..like coming from journalists, it was due to an agenda, they didnt like the owner, or the manager. the internet just made all the nutters come out at all times and those who saw the market opportunities didnt think twice. it is sad that some make a living out of bashing arsenal but then others do it for free…its too psychotic to get involved..fuck them. someone in untold wrote about the insanity cycle..hehehe..spot on.

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  4. foreverheady
    September 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    2nd para.. and without a wenger building step by step into a world class super club there wouldnt be an arsenal great enough to inspire them to write blogs in the first place…

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  5. Hunter
    I’d trust you to spot any nutters.
    banned smiley.

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  6. Great articles, thanks.

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  7. Rosicky’s Rocket:

    Arsenal XI that beat the Tinies in March at WHL. A typical 13/14 league performance, take the lead, and then grind out the result!*

    It’ll be a slightly different team tomorrow. New faces in the NLD, how will they get on?
    Assuming the shape** at the start is vaguely similar to Villa

    01 Szczesny
    03 Sagna > I guess the slightly more experienced Chambers gets the nod over Bellerin
    28 Gibbs
    08 Arteta
    04 Mertesacker
    06 Koscielny
    07 Rosicky – Flamini – 69′ > will Wilshere start if Ramsey is still a little bit niggled, or the other way around with some rotation for the Gala game?
    15 Oxlade-Chamberlain – Vermaelen – 85′ > Özil to start sorry Chambo!
    12 Giroud > Welbeck in for the injured big ‘un.
    We all liked that give and go for the second with Özil. Very exciting stuff. More please!
    19 Cazorla
    09 Podolski – Monreal – 77’ > Alexis or Chambo in for Plodders, one to start against the Tinies and the other against Gala?

    * what with all these enlightening brave and gallant podcastateers out there I felt that L’Grande Autobus was under appredicated at the time. I think the AAA Mourinhio fan boys and gals (they are such fun!) were Groaning about something else at the time (“You spend, & I’ll make a idiot of myself. In public. Like a free panto…” and other such genius…) and I guess that they must have missed the football…

    ** We know there are tweaks in or before every game, even if we don’t know what they are! If you won’t tell the Groaners, I won’t either!

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  8. A first NLD for The Marvellous Mesut tomorrow?

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  9. It’ll be the first one he plays in but I think he may have been watching the home derby last August whilst packing his suitcase! I like to think of the Home game from last season as Özil’s welcoming present from hs new teammates. It really was Lift Off after that performance.

    A victory tomorrow could be nice!

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  10. A victory tomorrow wouldn’t just be nice, it’s fucking essential… we need to give them an right spanking.

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  11. As always NB’69,
    As always.

    Beating the tiny-totts is our birth right.

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  12. I wouldn’t be upset if Diaby plays some part of the game tomorrow.

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  13. Right then my Positive friends – a great day in prospect tomorrow – both sides not quite firing at 100% in the PL, new players and no Giroo and Theo for us, a new manger again for the Totties, with Spuds having a couple of hidings that they will want to put right.

    Got to be tight Surely ?? 1-0 2-1 no ?

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  14. The two league games last year against the Tinies both ended with the score one-nil to the Arsenal.

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  15. I have been consulting the tea leaves

    I see Kieran Gibbs in the saucer

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  16. I’m not sure you should ever be confident going into a derby but I’m sort of confident going into the derby. At least my head says were the better side even if my heart is still shitting itself as always in these games.
    Personally I wouldn’t worry about Wednesday when considering team selection and just make sure we win tomorrow.

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  17. UntoldSpurs in a right state about Michael Oliver’s appointment tomorrow

    Eight straight defeats for the Spuds last time young Mike has been in charge

    I thought Oliver was a very fair referee last time I saw him at the Community Shield

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  18. ‘Coll at 6.36

    You sure that it’s not Chamberlain that you see? It’s easy to get the two confused. Walcott even though he is injured? Coquelin? Even Sanchez, maybe?

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  19. Cheeky bastard

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  20. What time are the avengers assembling at The George tomorrow?

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  21. Anicoll
    All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.

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  22. “All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.”

    I went for a walk on a winter’s day

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  23. I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.

    Have to settle for NLD instead.

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  24. I put it to you Mr Canister that you took that walk, despite your claims to the contrary earlier in your evidence, on a Winter’s day?!?

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  25. Now we are coming to it
    After you entered the church you say you “pretended to pray” is that correct ?

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  26. It’s 20 degrees here!

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  27. And that caused you to tell the Vicar you intended to remain in the Church – because it was cold ?

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  28. But if you didn’t tell her, you could leave today,
    North London derby dreaming, on such a winter’s day.

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  29. Interesting quote from an excellent article in today’s Daily Telegraph from Arsene Wenger on the stadium move:

    “The stress is terrible because you feel the future of the club is at stake and you have not a lot of margin for error. Every point you lose can be dramatic.”

    http://fw.to/U8ptapf

    Most managers would have crumbled after one season, let alone continue for nearly twenty years.

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  30. AA
    And he did it with a whole bunch of willfully ignorant and ungrateful Uber fans on his back the whole time.

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  31. history will show just what a genius he is

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  32. It may not always seem like it, but we are in a golden era for the club.

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  33. DC – in no small measure, I feel that quote sums up so much of the last decade for Arsene and as O4aC rightly says, we are clearly in a golden era for the club as a result of all that has been done on our behalf in this period.

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  34. Welbeck: “I’ve been watching Mesut play football for years, kind of have an understanding of his game…” We saw some evidence for that last week! Very good.

    Perhaps more then any player in recent times or squads Welbeck helped Utd play to that signature move of Slurgussian football, the runner arriving in the pelanty area. And he offers more in that department then the two strikers he was supplying of late, and it was the one thing I’d have taken from that team (if anyone was asking).

    Will the man who grew up at Man Utd under Slurgus’ tutelage score the winner in today’s NLD? Good luck all the lucky people going to the game, be lucky!

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  35. AA

    The comments section of the piece by Jeremy Wilson is most entertaining. Some of these Spurs fans are far more deluded than our doomers and groaners. A man cannot answer a question posed to him by a hack without being insulted by such moronic, dipsticks

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  36. If any of the Gang are at the George, you know where I’ll be.
    Same bat time, same bar channel.

    Tolly after match.

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  37. Where are all the uber fans who demanded Arsene sign Balotelli? Like the pundits who declared he was the greatest bargain ever for 16million. Quiet and unaccountable as ever.

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  38. Jagielka taking his inspiration from Clyne there. 1-1 at the death in the early derby.

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  39. Come on Arsenal!

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  40. Wenger: “The stress is terrible because you feel the future of the club is at stake and you have not a lot of margin for error. Every point you lose can be dramatic.”

    And it’s made worse by twat fans who only care about winning trophies in order to shove them in their friends’ faces.

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  41. Manure’s pondrous, porous defence reverting to type v West Ham. Well they nearly made it to 45 minutes with a clean sheet.

    LFC must be sick to the core at dropping two points to Everton in the last few seconds of the Merseyside derby; will feel like a loss for Brendan’s unhappy charges.

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  42. Thre goes the air out of the United balloon. West Ham score from a piece. 1-2. Can history repeat itself? Man Utd’s defence is as poor as their attackers are good.

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  43. Out4acorner and meself are at the usual spot, has hunter got out of bed yet?

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  44. DC

    You should be looking for Paolo Sousa

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  45. g69 @ 2:53pm – Our “twat” fans have simply joined our rivals and enemies to simply brush under the carpet the significance of Wenger’s acheivement in the past 8 years; building a new stadium which makes us a financial powerhouse among the big clubs yet remain competitive among the big 4 in England.

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  46. Well Wayne Rooney simply confirmed he is violent little twat. Red card for a premeditated hack at Downing.

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  47. See that all those who were calling for rotation are now losing it because Alexis is on the bench.

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  48. Shittttttttttt! That’s Rambo and Mikel for at least a month each.

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  49. I don’t know whats going on with these injuries. Squad is good though. But its an odd game.

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