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Arsenal: Tourists, bloody tourists

@GoonerReverend 

Well the aftermath of the Man Utd game wasn’t an Arsenal fan Twitter melt down as such it was a bit of banter gone badly wrong between an Arsenal legend and some overseas fans. It is understandable that emotions were running high after such a game but what transpired after cannot unfortunately be put down to losing and a high emotional state.

Ian Wright is an Arsenal legend & without doubt one of our greatest ever players to lace up a boot. These facts are undeniable, the great man was one of our all time leading goal scores with 185 goals in 288 appearances and is only eclipsed by Thierry Henry (228-377) but is this on field immortality enough to excuse an ex player of acting in the manner in which Ian Wright did. The issue with some ex-players in the media and on social media is they think that they have a divine right to criticise anyone and pass judgement without consequence and then take it as a severe affront to their standing if any mere mortal dare questions their opinion. To many long-standing Arsenal fans dismay Ian Wright questioned the value of overseas fans as supporters & their right to support a team arguing it’s a game they simply do not understand. This and his other tweets smacks of bigotry and Xenophobia and we should expect better from anyone let alone an ex player with a well-established media presence in the UK.

Many will come to the defence of the great man because of his standing in the game and his media personality but unfortunately there is no defending this behaviour as it is completely ethically and morally wrong as well as totally unprofessional to say the least. It wasn’t just one tweet that upset so many it was a number of tweets where Ian mocks overseas supporters because they dared to question something he said. To his partial credit he did try to apologise for his comments later but it appeared that his apology was more to do with the fact that he didn’t expect the furore his tweets caused rather than genuine remorse. Arsenal fans come from all parts of the globe and Just because they don’t live in England and go to the game every weekend doesn’t make them any less of a supporter of The Arsenal. To openly mock someone who has to get up at 3:30 am to watch their team live and then question their reasoning for doing so as well as their ability to understand the game is not an honest mistake its arrogant and deeply offensive.

Only 60,000 can attend an Arsenal home game yet Arsenal have an online presence of over 12 million fans on Twitter alone and they are fans that take the time to love and support their club through all the emotional trials and tribulations that’s comes with supporting one’s team. Ian is no stranger to off field controversy but this time he has shot himself in the foot because he has done the inexcusable on his own doorstep which is the greatest of football’s cardinal sins.

Ian. Overseas fans are just as passionate loyal and knowledgeable about The Arsenal and the greatest game of all and to suggest otherwise is sheer folly not to mention extremely damaging to your standing as the great man you are and rightly should be in the Arsenal family.

 

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  1. Wilshereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee makes it 3-0 with an outstanding driven finish from just inside the left hand side of the area

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  2. Well this is all remarkably easy viewing – I like this

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  3. HT: Arsenal 3-0 Bate

    in total control, 3 scored, Debuchy, Walcott and Wilshere, another four or five close calls too. must be something over 70% possession.
    Welbeck been poor for me, taking the wrong choice too often, not sure we need Coquelin in this sort of game, so would like to see maybe Nelson come on for him for the second half.

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  4. That’s more like the performance I expect. Show no mercy. Score as many as possible. Play to get yourself into the first team.

    Giroud is the greatest target man of all time. What a fantastic team player. Setting up his team mates. Brilliant.

    Wilshere, what a fantastic player. Stay fit and he can get into any team.

    So far so good.

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  5. 4-0, an OG, as the defender trying to intercept a walcott cross fires into his own net, jack had played a great ball to put theo in, and danny was on hand to tap home if the defender had not got there first.

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  6. penalty for a foul on Walcott, who has been very lively

    giroud fires it home, but ref is making him take it again

    Giroud fires it home for a second time – 5-0

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  7. 20 minutes left, Arsenal’s first sub, Walcott off, Nelson on.

    Theo was very good

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  8. Elnenyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy makes it 6-0 with a great curling shot into the top corner, after some good build up play

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  9. 15 minutes to go, Nketiah and Willock on for Welbeck and Elneny

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  10. FT: Arsenal 6-0 Bate

    Debuchy, Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud and Elneny, plus an own goal, give us a comfortable win.
    Walcott and Debuchy both had great games, Jack was in and out, but his best bits were very very good. Welbeck was disappointing, too greedy and took wrong option way too often. AMN with another good game.

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  11. Another narrow victory – how Wenger continues to get away with it I shall never know

    (You’ll note Bate Borisov are very very bad, hence the lucky victory – Spartak Moscow on the other hand played with the strength of ten legions last night)

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  12. Holding and particularly Chambers passing very good.
    Chambers looking like the best alternative to Mustafi in the middle, he read the game and made it look easy with good positioning.

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  13. Arsenal’s 700th win under Arsène Wenger

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  14. afcstuff‏ @afcstuff
    1h1 hour ago

    Arsenal all-time top scorers in Europe:

    Henry 42
    Walcott 21
    Van Persie 20
    Giroud 17
    Fabregas 17

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  15. The draw for the Europa League last-32 will be made on Monday – but who could we face?

    At this stage of the competition, the eight third-placed Champions League group stage teams enter the competition, and are joined by the 24 teams who qualified through the Europa League group stage. All Europa League group winners have been seeded, along with the four Champions League sides who accumulated the most points in the group stage.

    Spartak Moscow
    Napoli
    Celtic
    Borussia Dortmund
    FC Astana
    Partizan Belgrade
    Ludogorets
    AEK Athens
    Lyon
    FC Copenhagen
    Steaua
    Marseille
    Ostersunds
    Nice
    Real Sociedad

    Read more at https://www.arsenal.com/news/who-could-we-face-europa-league#ifsJvRT4RyjuyOjU.99

    Read more at https://www.arsenal.com/news/who-could-we-face-europa-league#AZyXhVb5hZG2h1jo.99

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  16. New post up

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