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Arsenal Fans Disgrace The Club And Us All !

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Confucius once said “Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”

As I sit here and pen this post, I’m reminiscing the past grandeur our fan base once possessed. We were a joyous bunch renowned for getting behind the team and the manager. We were united as a Club.

But today, we’re a completely mess. Divided into two halves, dolling out vitriol at one another. But amidst all this, there is one man with his stoic persona, still carrying on, immune to the commotion and anarchy our fan base has created. I happened to stumble across a video on YouTube last night, in which Wenger was booed and abused by Gooners as he was on his way to his coach, post the Stoke City game. The first sense I was evoked by, was that of sheer disgust at the reaction from the bunch of classless cretins, which immediately turned into a feeling of guilt and embarrassment as I saw the expression on that man’s face. It was pretty obvious he was shocked by what he heard, but he carried on, like he always has. I’d like to make one thing very clear here. I’m not writing this post just to vouch for Arsene or why we need to believe in him. But rather, also to remind our fan base that one of the most important things in life is to respect one another.
It’s been 18 long years since Wenger’s been at the helm of this great football club. Given us moments of great joy that will be cherished forever and spoken in football folklore. I’m a grateful man, and I’d like to thank him for giving me some of the best moments of my life, right from that Wiltord night at Old Trafford, to that Ramsey moment at Wembley. From that Ray Parlour bomb against Chelsea to that Patrick Vieira sublimity against Leicester, in the club’s greatest ever season. Simply put, these are moments I’ll take with, to my grave. But, it is beyond the realms of my understanding as to how can you abuse a man of such measure? I understand, that people have opinions and we have to respect those opinions regardless of us agreeing to It or not. But why abuse? Let’s take out everything from this. Arsene Wenger just for his seniority of age deserves to be respected. I’m not even going to dwell into what this man has done for this football club. But I have one question!

Whatever happened to “Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent”?
Is it that, our fan base has forgotten about it or are completely oblivious to it?

I take immense pride in supporting the Arsenal, and every Arsenal fan should, and, the basic obligation for a supporter, is to get behind the team. You can raise questions, be critical and disagree with the calls taken by the manager, but at the end of it all, the most important thing is to support and respect. To quote Wenger;
We’re are at our strongest, when we are together”.

At this moment, we’re not, and, it looks like we will be divided for some time to come. But, all I ask of our supporters is to not stoop to the levels of mediocrity with your support. Football is supposed to be a game that unites, not divide. I plead with you, let’s not do this to ourselves.let’s not treat the club’s greatest signing with such odious character assassination.  There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I see us being led into that light by the great man. But please, he doesn’t deserve this. He deserves better. To quote him once again, before I end this;

“If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all”

‘Victoria Concordia Crescit’

 

@OptimisticAkash

138 comments on “Arsenal Fans Disgrace The Club And Us All !

  1. HT in the U19 CL game, Gala 1-2 Arsenal – Mavididi and Robinson with the goals after Gala took the lead

    U19 team V Gala: Huddart, Johnson, Dobson, Smith, Robinson, Sheaf, Mourgos, Crowley, Eyoma, Willock, Mavididi

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  2. Eyoma has put Arsenal 3-1 up 2 minutes into the second half

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  3. Blimey

    Not sure I know much about those U19s think I’ve only heard of three of them haha!

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  4. most of them are first year scholars, Crowley the biggest talent on show today.

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  5. FT: Galatasary U19’s 1-3 Arsenal U19’s

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  6. So we are in smack bang in the middle of the oligarchical super petro-club era and season after season AFC play kids in one of the CL games whether first or second they still go through.

    A football club that dares to bring though young players at the top level because when you’re up against the petro-clubs you need to provide a big carrot for the young Chamberlain’s and Ramsey’s of this world – when they aren’t getting hacked off the pitch.

    It’s is this simple contrast that highlights the depravity of the mid-life crisis angst ridden “what has my Arsenal become” meme, they hate Modern Football but want AFC to be a petro-club? Did something get lost in translation? Or have these people been trolled beyond the pale?

    Mandy & Eduardo – I only speak for myself but I have no interest in the thoughts of those who have consistenty shown that they are not interested in sport and have shown themselves up in front of the rest of the sporting public. This is a place for people that like to watch football, not people who use football for other purposes, of which there are many to be fair. Starting of course with agents. The kind of agents that AFC give the finger to since before AW came to the club, a fact that those who troll their fellow fans studiously ignore. But of a giveaway, that, seeing as some of these weirdos write about AFC on a daily basis…their position is transparent and completely dishonest and I have no time for it. Sorry. But…

    …although I can’t listen to Daniels podcast because it’s sounds like a rejected script for the Inbetweeners most of the time (though tbf the Inbetweeners is genius) this post on the flip flopping Groaner memes amongst the less bright that have been propagated by those who should know far far better is a reasonable and considered response to those adults, some of them parents, who really really as in genuinely genuinely should know better:

    http://northlondonisred.co.uk/i-just-want-arsenal-to-compete/

    Daniel nails it: dysphoria and then some. A sad spectacle.

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  7. Thanks for the updates Eduardo.

    I’m looking forward to the game. AKPOM! Hope he gets a decent run out. Though I’m not sure if that’ll make up for the unfortunate Rosicky niggle *sobs*

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  8. Thanks for finding that PG.

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  9. George: what a great article, and that on top of the piece by Ronay and also positive words in the Telegraph by Wilson. How interesting that there suddenly seems to be support for the things AW has been trying to do. If the players can do their bit now (or if they are allowed to do so on a level playing field free from more injury) then it might well be that Stoke Platform whatever was a more important moment than anyone appreciated at the time.

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  10. Nice to see main stream media saying pleasant things about the club for once.

    Off topic but is Charlie Adam going to get away with choking another man in public? Is there any statute of limitation for the FA within? Not that it would surprise me if it didn’t happen but that guy needs a banning.

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  11. Ed, I really like the look o Ty Robinson although I’ve only seen him a few times he is fast, direct, and has great control another player who could end up playing a number of roles.
    I’m really looking forward to tonight could be an ordinary game or could be a another glorious excursion in Europe and memorable game for some of our younger players COYG

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  12. “These are the fans who won’t allow for the fact that it’s possible to be critical of Wenger, to believe he should’ve won more but also still have faith that he’s the right man for the job”

    Where I disagree with some of what’s hat article says is that this is not new. We’ve seen exactly what he refers to. You know where. Those who want “change they can believe in” a discredited slogan if there ever was one.
    It’s why this blog was created in the first place. In my irrelevant and possibly stupid opinion I conclude that this hot air whilst having a continuously negative effect on the players and the club as we have observed over the years will not effect the board or whatever deals were struck between Fizman and Kroneke or what the board think of the manager, they signed him up to a new contract and I don’t think any of the parties concerned have any intention of not fulfilling it. It’s not going to happen. Not after a summer where AW snagged Alexis and Chambers and half the market rate saving an easy twenty odd million in agents fees? peanuts innit? Sometimes I feel like making the Groaners a cup of coffee.

    “Wenger knows the market”
    If the former owner of Tottenham thinks that, then….

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  13. Plodders thunder chunders it into the back of the net. That’ll help the kids settle.

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  14. Bellerin does well there to put off the gala player in the box.

    Gala will be playing for pride. We have a game!

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  15. Boring boring Arsenal

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  16. Gala as sound in defence as a loaf of sliced bread so far – Poldi in the mood

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  17. Bloody bloody hell

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  18. Ten men on the pitch as Chamberlain receives treatment Ramsey makes sure there is no counter from the cleared corner. Smart thinking.

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  19. of course bbc cannot even wait till the end of the match to state that gala are rubbish… yeah right… what of the more apt saying that you can only beat what is in front of you!

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  20. When we win, it’s because the opposition is so poor. When we loose it’s because Arsene doesn’t do tactics.
    That was a good response from the lads on show. 3 more to go and you never know.

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  21. The Merte-block followed by a grimacing Merter-header and then a Merter-clearance. Good stuff there from the BFG.

    Can’t understand from afar why Altintorp did not start either game for Gala maybe he’s not fully fit? Gala manager out!

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  22. Also enjoyed Chambo muscling his way past former AAAA pin up D**M extraordinaire Melo

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  23. Phew! Think I jinxed Altintorp there.

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  24. altintop

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  25. Enjoyed that – great to see a few lads who are bursting to show what they can do getting the chance and performing well.

    Great night

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  26. Well that was enjoyable……

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  27. Good performance generally – especially good to see Poldi remind us of what he can do and Debuchy remind us of what we’ve been missing.
    That said, it was poor opposition, no getting away from it.
    Can anyone say anything positive about Sanogo? His strengths etc.? Beyond me.

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  28. Zelalem looks like he was born to play in a Wenger team, he looks at home with first team players around him, I find that in U21 games his team mates do not make the runs or moves that allow him to shine like he does with the first team.

    I liked how Maitland-Niles performed too, simple but effective

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  29. Excellent response from the team tonight despite the unfamiliar line up. I hope that Stoke game will prove to be a positive turning point for us.

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  30. Possible teams Arsenal can draw in the last 16 of the Champions League: Atletico Madris, Real Madrid, Monaco, Bayern Munich, Porto, PSG, Barcelona

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  31. “Can anyone say anything positive about Sanogo? His strengths etc.? Beyond me.”

    I don’t know about tonight, but he played a big part in our turn around in the FA cup final, so he still has a lot of credit from me. He works hard and makes life difficult for the opposition CB’s – he keeps them occupied and allows others to come into the game. He holds the ball up and defends from the front – he basically makes a nuisance of himself and that can be a useful quality when we are up against the more ‘industrial’ teams.

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  32. eduardo, you know we will get Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

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  33. Any banners visible? There must have been one….we only win when Mickey displays his banner….

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  34. Ideal world I fancy Real, then Bayern, then Barca

    Real in the R16
    Bayern in the QFs
    Barca in the SF

    And then probably Jose

    If he is still in it

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  35. I thought Sanogo did fine tonight – total nuisance, tied up the centre backs, made space and was a good target – looked ok to me

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  36. Apart from Poldi and Debuchy, Ox and Aaron were very strong in tandem in midfield, Per was imperious at the back and Bellerin did a good job on the left flank. Campbell provided great support for his full-back but little else – you can see why he’s not getting more opportunities.
    Let’s hope we get lucky in the draw – Monaco or Porto would be best, but I think we’d have a 50/50 chance against Atlético too. The others look really tough.

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  37. anicoll – you’ll have to lend me your eyes the next time he plays. I saw none of that. Except that he did work the 1-2 well with Poldi for the last goal.
    I’d really like him to succeed – I just haven’t seen him show much, not consistently. Maybe it’s because I’m such a fan of Akpom and I’m a bit disappointed he didn’t get to come on. But all the substitutions made sense, with Newcastle next on the menu.
    Just great to see Aaron finding his range against.

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  38. Well that was fun and a nice way to finish the group. Apart from an extra pay day, you might as well play a top side in the last 16 as the last 8. And what many are forgetting is that we might have a very different side by then anyway if the likes of Ozil, Kos, Debuchy, Walcott, MA and Giroud are back playing regularly, not to mention a resurgent Ramsey. Quite extraordinary that we qualified at all given the lack of depth in our squad, come to think of it.

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  39. I don’t understand why you want to play what are the allegedly weaker teams in the R16 Dk?

    To get on in the CL you need to play and overcome the best sides

    We need to get on and batter who is up next – let them worry about us

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  40. I don’t have any difficulty in agreeing that Sanogo could have done better, his touch is still clumsy, but I thought he did a decent job tonight

    Not quite his explosive entrance against Dortmund but a hardworking awkward performance

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  41. I’m thinking about our rating which currently gives us our top seeding each season. Getting through to the last 8 would maintain that, so playing one of the weaker teams would be my preference. I don’t know why you say “allegedly” – Monaco and Porto are clearly inferior to the others.
    Nice bit of irony in the last sentence FH.

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  42. so how the the younger young guns fair in thee own game to qualify for the next round or had they also qualified?

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  43. Sanogo is and will be a good player with the chance of being a great player.

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  44. ok then seen it the younger ones also won…

    3 – 1

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  45. I shall decide if they are clearly inferior when they, Porto and Monaco, and arguably Dortmund, when they are dumped out on their arse in R16 Dk

    Until then they have won their groups and done what was required

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  46. It would be nice to think that Podolski has a fair few more Arsenal goals in him. We would have beaten United if he had been playing.
    But then again, if my Aunty had balls she’d be my Uncle.

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  47. “The Europa League is still a prestigious tournament.” Rodgers just said that, I bet Arsenal will get more stick for finishing second to Dortmund than Liverpool will for finishing third to Basel. LFC won only one of their six games and that was with a last minute penalty at home v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad

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  48. Pedantic George,

    Thank you so much sir, for the link to that nice article. Every single point in there has been mentioned atleast a 50 times on this blog in the last few months. It is really the most definitive compilation of all things related to Arsenal.

    The game today was exquisite really…i hope Ramsey uses this game as a springboard to launch his game upto the next level..the level he showed last season..Poldi scoring is always such a pleasant sight..

    Even a rock can see we have the team to beat any team out there if we get our players back. Come February i hope we bring ourselves back into top 4 and within 6-9 points of Chelsea/City..that would be a really good platform for the rest of the season..also a wonderful position to unleash our best team hopefully in CL knockouts again..i truly believe the players will respond now..its clear the manager inspires them so much..the second half performance at stoke was one i will likely never forget.

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  49. What a great day to be a Arsenal fan that always believes in your team. And what a great day to be Aaron Ramsey’s biggest cheerleader. (banned smiley)

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