Not much to feel great about as an AFC supporter, that is if you allow an Arsenal win or loss to dictate your emotions and well being. But what if you don’t? Very quickly we could be either 6th or 2nd, and what does that say about this years league? Perhaps during this time its important to not be swayed by the artificial authorities, that are in truth, just a relative viewpoint. Whats irritating is that the media pose as if they know everything that is about to unfold, yet most of their writings are speculative, aside of their agendas.
What if? What if the ref had noticed that Alonso’s arm smacked Hectors face before he headed the ball? Chelsea down to ten men, its a different game? What if Cech hadn’t have passed the ball to an ex Arsenal player, to added poison in to an already festering wound, what then? What if Mo,Xhaka or Ramsey were available, and of course Santi? Are Chelsea really that good and Arsenal not? Its way more complicated than that. The sad thing is as Arsenal fans fight among themselves and the media ravage the team and manager, City, Man Ure and the Spuds all are happy as the heat is off them? Of course the whole of history is made of ‘what if?
I think places like Positively Arsenal are really important at the moment, not just because of the flag raised to the winds of positivity, as in some respects it impossible to have the positive without the negative, the two rise together,even if in subtle forms. But what is really important is that PA makes a stand against destructive negativity that doesn’t really explain or have an understanding of whats going on. It leaves the door open to discussion, and we don’t have discussions much, generally these days. Everywhere we have spittle inflected absolutist rants, shallow soundbites that seem to get ingrained in peoples general thinking. The loud shouting is reflected in contemporary singers who think that hitting every note in the spectrum makes a great song. What do you think Ella? What do you think Billie? What do you think Frank?
Yesterday I saw a classic moment of AFTV: a disappointed fan shouted- “every year we collapse in Feb/March”…as we can see, insubstantial evidence and pure cliché working its way into the minds of those with loud frothy opinions and somehow it becomes a fact. Well its not so, I don’t even need to drag up the counter evidence because if you really do follow AFC you know it already.
In many ways much of the world is caught up in hysteria and a lack of clear thinking at the moment, this isn’t so easy, as we aren’t even taught the most basic facts about the nature of reality at school, but shifts importance onto which psycho manipulated other people to die for an idea, and no frozen concept will ever capture what that idea really is.
Arsenal have to face some tough challenges next, Hull (no? the players have to get up for that one when they could well be feeling really low, and a loss to Hull its going to make things much worse, and its at home?), then Bayern away, again only a win or draw will appease the baying mob, then the horrible trip to Sutton, with the rest of the world wanting Hereford all over again, and the Arsenal to be utterly humiliated. I cant recall a tougher challenge for Wenger and Co. as this unfolding And, suddenly before us we see the need for a direction in belief and hope. I ask you the question what sort of support do the club need at the moment?
I think there’s much to discuss with AFC, as discussion leads us away from any kind of authoritarian debating-and in my opinion, I think that PA is the place for these discussions, a place where football can be talked about, and if places like this fold up then what next?
So thank you George and to the rest of you that there’s somewhere to go, at least for a while longer.
All the best to you all,