Arsenal supporters unite. Or something.

March 21, 2011 62 Comments by Sian

Hello, Arsenal fans.

Posting a blog 48 hours after the fact seems a little pointless doesn’t it? Oh well, let’s proceed anyway. Like a post-mortem. You have to wait for the body to cool. For all the goo to settle. Or so Doc Robbins tells me on CSI Tuesdays. 

Anyway, we came away from the Hawthorns with one solitary point grasped in our grubby little paws on Saturday afternoon, which is rubbish until you hear the whole story. 2-0 down, we went. 2 arseing 0. That’s the worst it’s been against West Brom since… well, the last time we played them. Their first goal came in the third minute from a corner that didn’t really need to be given away and their second from what can only be described as a catastrophe of ice trucking proportions. If a normal sized cock-up is a Mini Cooper, this was an articulated lorry.

GAH.

We clawed our way back with goals from Andrei Arshavin and RvP… the first being a beautiful effort and the second a goal that, without wishing to do a Jamie Redknapp, literally wobbled across the line. Arsenal’s game picked right up in the last half hour but we were shit otherwise.

So we’re still after the onesie are we? Right. The team’s fitness levels might be shagged, with goalkeeping issues, defending issues, and midfielding issues (JESUS CHRIST), but we are still in it. Currently second in the league at least. Mind you, with the way things have been talked about this week, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether we were actually battling against being sucked bum first into the quicksand pit of league relegation. But we’re not. So phew.

We’ve got ages until our next league game but – oh brill. Just logged on to the official site to find FOURTEEN Arsenal players have been called up to their international sides. For God’s sake, can’t our players all be born in boats halfway between jurisdictions of countries, or in corners of the globe as yet unfound? Someone will blatantly come back from international duty with a sprained ear or fractured hair or a knotted eyelash. Keeping them out for six weeks, standardly.

Everything has been called into question this week. Wenger. The board. The fans. The finance. The bottle of the team. Along with the usual suspects. Bit of a crap week really. I’ve not read any blogs this week (on purpose) but pop your head into Twitter sometime today and you’ll leave with a stench under your nose that that body we discussed in paragraph one will probably be giving off by now.  

Basically, Almunia pulled an absolute shocker on Saturday. After a match like he had at the Camp Nou, it feels even worse. Honestly if I was him, I’d be wishing and praying for the season to end as quickly as possible so I could just go home. I know lots of Arsenal fans have no sympathy, but I’m a girl and I have sympathy for everyone so Deal With It. Jens is back, of course. Which is great. He’s a huge person and quite terrifying I’d imagine. He’s also won stuff and is most certainly not the type to be pushed around.

However, he’s been retired a year, he’s still regaining his fitness and… well, basically, oh my GOD can you believe we’re relying on bringing a former player BACK to fix our worries? I know we did it last year with Sol. But this time it seems almost comical. Who the hell has THREE goalkeepers injured at once? I think those saying ‘Put Jens in, Almunia’s useless!’ need to think a bit. I’m sure if he does get called in, he’ll be great. But what if he makes a big cock-up too? And it’s not like he’s not had them before.

Oh I don’t know. Do you have any thoughts on this? I am quite clearly sucking at getting mine across today.

As I said earlier, when things fall into the crapper, Arsenal fans do like to turn on one another. It is the nature of this particularly ugly beast. I’m quite terrified to imagine exactly what would happen if we were actually a useless team. Some fans would just implode or something. We’ve got London fans calling foreign fans not real fans. We’ve got old fans calling young fans not real fans. We’ve got the complainers and the drainers calling the positiver fans not real fans. Oh kids, settle down would you?

Because I’m quite young, I’m a Johnny Come Lately (a JCL). Sucks to be me that I was only born in 1989. Oh how I’d love to swap my 22-year-old self for someone 40 years older if only it made me more accepted.

I’d quite love for the ghosts of Arsenal past to come back and haunt the very people making such accusations. Everyone who was not there in 1886 should be subjected to ghostly figures surrounding their bedroom at night, their mirror when they’re brushing their teeth, their passenger seats when they’re driving going “Oooooo JCL JCL you’re a dirty JCL!” You weren’t born in the 1880s, so what. I wasn’t born in the 1980s, so what.

I love them, you love them, John in Australia loves them, Suzie in Mauritius loves them, let’s stop trying to out-support each other and move on with the bigger issues of the season.

62 Comments

  1. aisha
    2291 days ago

    thank you. we all support the boys in red and white

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  2. Tahsein
    2291 days ago

    Brilliant post. Quite sad really,fans turning on each other. Only Arsenal can fix that up!

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  3. Daniel
    2291 days ago

    Totally agree on the supporting issue. I’d be embarassed with myself suggesting I’m a better fan than someone just because I’m older or happen to live near the ground or happen to be lucky enough to go now and again. Yeah, it’s nice to be respected by fans of other teams when they question where I’m from etc but at the same time it doesn’t matter one iota! I had no choice but to support Arsenal – for those who did have the choice I can only call them INSANE.

    Because right now I am feeling the burn a hell of a lot. That deja vu feeling, groundhog season etc… why didn’t we strengthen our defence more when we should have… blah blah blah…. do the board want trophies more than profit blah blah blah… I hate feeling this way and I still have faith…. but it’s getting tough.

    This club means the world to me and it hurts so much when things go a bit wrong. But we have to stick together as fans, sometimes we only have eachother looking in on the Arsenal animals running around the zoo that is our club! So STICK TOGETHER, we can still win this bloody thing.

    Nice blog, as per Sian.

    Ps. You are DEAD ON THE MONEY when you ask “what if Jens makes a big cock-up too?” Imagine! Then we gotta beg Manuel to get back in goal like asking mum to cook dinner again after she burnt it and you shouted at her and then dad did one and then he burnt it too… just like that!

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    • Sian
      2291 days ago

      PERFECT analogy! I was going to mention having to get Almers to step back up again. PERFECT ANALOGY.

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      • h
        2291 days ago

        fat whore

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        • Sian
          2291 days ago

          I know who you are. Now get lost.

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          • h
            2291 days ago

            gay

        • Daniel
          2291 days ago

          h – go look in the mirror and be proud that you can say things to people on the internet. You must be rather thrilled with yourself right now!

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      • Daniel
        2291 days ago

        LOL! YES!
        Is it illegal to play two goalkeepers? because that is the only way I can see this working out if we stick Jens back in and he does the unthinkable – everyone will be holding their breathe like crazy.

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  4. Tahsein
    2291 days ago

    What is your problem h?? Why are you abusing a respectable lady? Safe on internet,aren’t you?!

    Sorry in behalf of that turd Sian!

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  5. Gary
    2291 days ago

    Welcome back! I know you were only away for a few days but without this blog I was struggling to find positive opinions from anywhere!

    The WBA game was weird. Was it a spirited fightback that proved that we have the bottle and a never say die attitude? Or was it just a complete load of rubbish that we found ourselves at 2-0 down? Probably a equal dosage of both I guess.

    Whats weird is that when we say “Almunia made another howler” after the game its almost said with weary resignation. We expect it from him. I have lots of sympath for him, his position at the club is horrible and there is nothing he can do to change that till the xfer window…but at the saem time you look at the heroics he performed for us in the Nou Camp and then you look at what he did on Saturday and your sitting there going “huh?”

    Jens aint the answer tho. A keeper that has barely played in a year thats 41 years old is just not the answer. Mind you according to some its Arsenes fault for not having the ability to see into the future and predict we would have 3 injured keepers! I said to people asking for Jens to be reinstated for the next game what they would do if he made a major howler and cost us the game. Im still waiting on a decent answer to that even now!

    I like twitter and follow a huge range of different Arsenal fans – I like to get a good range of opinions etc but some of the stuff of late has been massively overblown. Lots of fans (including yourself) have been pillared etc and it just seems that we are our own worst enemy at times. Still the Wenger out brigade needs to be sent out and checked for mental issues. Wenger whilst not perfect performs miracles for our club year after year. There is no1 better to lead the team so I wish they would give it a rest.

    Actually no! We should sack him and recruit the future Real Madrid manager Sam Allardyce. We can get a good few years outta him before he moves onto Barca or Real and we would quite clearly win the quadruple! /sarcasm

    If we can get our players back from the Int break injury free (Someone needs to kidnap Robin and Jack for the next 2 weeks tbh) we should get Theo, Cesc and Song back and that puts us in a MUCH better position for the remaining games.

    We are still 2nd and the league is STILL in our hands (and I still think we will win it!!!). We should stop bickering with each other, stop acting like some are better than others because of age and location and just realise that 16 or 80 we are ALL Arsenal fans and want the team to do well.

    Keep up the positive attitude tho, there needs to be at least 1 Gooner that can still see us doing well!

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  6. zulu gooner
    2291 days ago

    brilliant – keep up the positive posts.

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  7. brian
    2291 days ago

    “Someone will blatantly come back from international duty with a sprained ear or fractured hair or a knotted eyelash. Keeping them out for six weeks, standardly.”

    lol. one of the best arse blogs out. cheers, miss!

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  8. zulu gooner
    2291 days ago

    h is either a sp*rs fan or ma* u fan – don’t we all just feel sooo sorry for them now get lost h

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  9. a realist
    2291 days ago

    man utd 10 men 1-0 arse 11 men wba 2-2 thats the difference and thats why they wont win the league this year

    carling cup birmingham >2-1 could not win

    lost stupid points

    3-2 tottenham

    4-4 newcastle

    3-2 wba

    blames ref all the time eh forget that barca had onside goal disallowed at home instead say it refs fault we lost to barca haha despite not even getting a shot in(only team in history to do so irony)
    maneger says verma will be back so no buy in jan then later says that he always knew verma was going to be out

    have no decent back up to van persie, cesc or song defense is now in shambles due to no real back up goalies in shambles and people think jens lehmann will rescue arsenal due to “leadership” (forgetting his mental problems)

    the club has no leaders you had one in verma but he is gone

    this is why they wont win people say 2003/2004 the team was knocked out as well and then won it people forget that team knew what winning was like and had real leaders

    utd despite having numerous injury problems(rio,vidic,rafael,flethcher etc) have leaders people who have done it and depth

    arsenal has not had any depth since 2005/2006 thats why they never win

    look at this how you like

    also stop with the stupidity of saying refs help man utd win games no its their fight that helps them win

    also we cocked it up during new castle thats when i knew we wont win 4-0 even if its a red and 2 penos how can you break like that ?

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    • Sian
      2291 days ago

      By the way… Try changing computer before trying to post an informed post after the abusive one… H.

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      • a realist
        2291 days ago

        oh ;) i knew you knew

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        • Sian
          2291 days ago

          And you won’t be commenting again.

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  10. sandra
    2291 days ago

    It’s amazing the amount of abuse you get if you dare to refuse to hate on Denilson. Apparently Denilson is the worst Arsenal player of all time and all our problems are due to him (and Almunia too).

    And like you Sian, I too feel sorry for Almunia.

    Any suggestions that Jens would be better than Almunia are just fantasy. Neither one gives me much confidence, frankly.

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  11. AGG4L
    2291 days ago

    Arsenal are getting better every season I believe Wenger is the best man for the job. All you ever hear from most fans and the media is buy buy buy and those players are have no club loyalty e.g. Torres leaving LFC halfway through the season. Arsenal in 6/7 years have won no trophy but they have the Emirates one of the best stadiums in the world, played in finals and semi finals of the League Cup and Champions League and have finished in the top 4 of the EPL every year but teams like Liverpool and Manchester City struggle to be in the top 4 after spending millions. When Wenger spent some money he created ”The Invincibles ” enough said. The quality of youngsters coming through the ranks at Arsenal is amazing e.g. Jack Wilshere now imagine every 2-3 years 5 players like him fighting for a first team place. Our goalkeeper situation is ridiculous 3 out of 4 injured but 2 of them are youngsters but on the field when given a chance have been immense better than our 1st and 2nd choice goalkeepers. Alumnia or Jens would have to go with Jens he would definitely do a better job at marshalling the central defenders if Almunia could this we would have beat West Brom 2-1.
    @ h get a life twat.

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    • a realist
      2291 days ago

      it always the future wait for 2-4 years Flamini will be a beast(and he leaves) your argument would be valid if our team had any loyalty lol

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      • AGG4L
        2291 days ago

        6/7 years is not a long time the players who have left haven’t achieved much the best one would be Diarra. The original plan was ten years, our style of play has changed and most of the players left are loyal the new ones aren’t and the ones who have been there for a while can’t deal with the pressure of winning a trophy from the media and in particular the fans. The 10 year plan was ambitious but we are ahead of schedule. The only thing that can help the team to win the Title this year is the fans it’s more than just cheering the team on when things are going right on the field, we need to cheer a player on after he makes a mistake to lift their spirit, they only human the long loud groan and silence instils fear and nervousness which leads to more mistakes I wouldn’t show loyalty that.

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  12. lee
    2291 days ago

    you were born in the eighties tho ?

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    • Sian
      2291 days ago

      Yeah… Didn’t get to TOO many games in those 10 months though, funny enough!

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  13. lee
    2291 days ago

    “Oooooo JCL JCL you’re a dirty JCL!” You weren’t born in the 1880s, so what. I wasn’t born in the 1980s, so what.

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  14. Jim
    2291 days ago

    Nice work, would be nice if the haters focussed their energy on supporting the team. We have no divine right to win anything, yes Some of the calls Wenger has made are frustrating and some of the products of the Colney crèche need their balls to drop but whose to say the alternative would be any better? Did these people not support us through the dark year?

    Come on Arsenal!

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  15. 1NilToTheArsenal
    2291 days ago

    Come on now people. It’s not quite gone all pear-shaped yet. Many scribes and pundits (and Gooners unfortunately) had written us off before the season even began. Yet here we are in 2nd place and the title is still ours if we want to go get it.

    We’ve had some shambolic outings to be sure, and on a weekend when Liverpool beat Sunderland, Chelsea leapfrogged Man City (how about David Luiz?) and effing Man U once again managed to grind out a win while down to 10, we looked particularly inept in contrast.

    Not a good feeling, but to reiterate we’re still very much in position to feel a whole lot better in May. Hang on, have courage (read this blog!) and be ready to celebrate.

    Nice job again, Sian – good luck with school – looking forward to your next post.

    1NTTA

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  16. Hannah
    2291 days ago

    I’m so with you there. I don’t get why people are being ageist. People 40 saying people 22 aren’t proper football fans, or whatever? Well what about to people 60, then those 40 year olds aren’t ‘proper’ either. It’s stupid. I guess with every good blogger/chatter/generic fan, you’ll always have some who think they’re better than others.
    I’m 18 too, haven’t had any complaints about my age as such, but that’s probably because not many people know it. For me, it’s more about being a woman. But, who cares what people think, we’re still passionate fans, being women and young, and they can go shove it otherwise :)

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    • Sian
      2291 days ago

      Well exactly, and I wonder how old these old guys were in the 1970-1971 season… probably around our age! Bloody JCLs. ;)

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  17. a realist
    2291 days ago

    Denilson was good though he was a beast he fucked up when he said shit about the team cant see him staying so Abou “2 games max” Diaby will be here :(

    tbh i want us to buy someone proven fuck the money just buy a proven player a villa or zlatan etc not an unknown

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  18. Theo van Nasrigas
    2291 days ago

    I’m an Indian lesbian communist currently in jail for trying to feed Harry Redknap poisoned somosas and I’M a Gooner. I dare someone to say something about that!

    OK, except for the Indian part it’s all lies, but still…

    One of the things I truly love about being a Gooner is how it actually unites people from anywhere and everywhere. Here I was, a Canadian in FLORIDA on vacation wearing my brother’s old Bergkamp jersey and three people from three different places in the world all connected with me! It was amazing. To top it all off I even got yelled at by a Spurs fan at a mall (“bloody GOONAH!”). I loved it.

    xxx

    Theodora

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  19. PositiveGunner
    2291 days ago

    Extremely well written as always. Love the part about international injuries, the sprained ear made me really laugh.

    I also agree completely about Jens, the general dislike of Almunia is making people think in desperation instead of logically so they’d rather put faith in a 41 year old keeper who hasn’t played in a year and was ousted from the starting lineup by Almunia in his last season.

    Almunia is all we’ve got and I wish the people would back him, I dread the next game at the emirates where both he and Denilson get the Eboue treatment (booed to the extent that you have to be subbed off in tears because AW took pity on you)

    As for the last part about fans turning on each other, that is putting it lightly. I was trying to stay off twitter for the next couple of weeks to avoid the exact same thing but after being IM’ed about the “civil war”, I had to come take a look myself. You are absolutely right about what you perceived of it, lots of name-calling and people trying to prove who is the bigger and better fan/supporter (even an argument trying to distinguish the two) and whose words have more value. I’m a JCL too since I was barely born in the 80s and I am not from England so that really drops me to the bottom of the “valued supporter” list. I honestly felt disgusted that people were having to prove that they really support the team.

    Honestly, I was really disappointed to see the fans turning on each other when we’ve just got 9 games left. The only thing more disappointing was the abuse directed at all players twitter accounts. In particular, some people felt aggrieved that Jack talked about “good character” and decided to get after him for it. Denilson got the usual mindless abuse and plenty of shouts (or screams) of wenger out because our 4th choice keeper messed up and we dared to show “good character”.

    Can you imagine how incredible it would be if the fans channeled all this internal hatred into supporting the team home and away and hating whatever team we were up against? We have away fans capable of out-yelling all of OT and then we have home fans who when they want can really fire up the team (a la Everton and Barcelona recently). We need that kind of support for the entire run in and if we can get that and the players can channel into the confidence of the entire fanbase backing them, I don’t see why we can’t win the league. We can surely do without the infighting and the booing of players whether they be the usual suspects or in general (Especially considering our state of injuries).

    Overall. Thanks for being among the few logical sensible voices out there from the view of a positivegunner. Now back to my self induced twitter exile. Adios.

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  20. Alan
    2291 days ago

    Well done, Siany. even when it appears that there’s nothing good to be said, you come up good stuff.

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  21. Norms
    2291 days ago

    On the button again Sian, and what a refreshing take on life as a Gooner. I go right back to the late forties and fifties, to players like Ronnie Rooke (our saviour when we were just above the relegation zone) the Compton brothers, Archie Macaulay and dozens of others….and to Jack Kelsey, one of the greatest Arsenal ‘keepers, who conceded 5 on his debut!

    And today? Today we play the best football that we ever have, these past 10 years have been our finest and supporters – so they say they are – have forgotten our 20 years in the wilderness, those wonderful years with managers such as Terry Neil, those years of losing in Wembley finals to such ‘great’ clubs as Luton and Swindon……. believe me we have never had it so good.

    Sure we have our fair share of pretty dire players, but true supporters support our team through thick and thin ….winning trophies is great but being a supporter means far more than that.

    So, moaning minnies, stop all of your bleating, show that you are a gooner and SUPPORT the team, they need it most when they are down, and they certainly are at the moment..

    Sian…..you are a gleam of light in what sometimes seems a very depressing world……I’m sorry that you missed some of the Arsenal giants of long ago but there are others now that will also be legends in years to come….and you will have seen them in their prime.

    Luv ya.

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    • Sian
      2291 days ago

      Wow, thanks for this comment! I’m trying to be bright in a pretty dim world at the moment, glad that’s coming through. I’m gutted I missed a lot of them too but like you said, there are still plenty to come. Listening to Bob Wilson’s interview on Radio 5 Live gave me hope of that as well.

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  22. North Bank Lew
    2291 days ago

    Hi there,

    First time I’ve seen your blog – but it won’t be the last. What a refreshing read……..witty, perceptive, reasoned and still passionate. How good to read from a true fan who remains calm in the face of general meltdown. And how mature in one so young !

    Anyway, enough patronising from me…..off to read some other thoughts from older posts.

    Keep up the good work.

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    • Sian
      2291 days ago

      Glad you enjoyed it! And it’s not patronising, it’s just nice!

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  23. Girl Gunner
    2291 days ago

    We can so totally win this,lets just be supportive of our club and players!! All of us fans should just realize abusing each other is not going to solve anything,Sure we are frustrated and dissapointed but we did come back from 2 nil down,something that should be appreciated!! I mean,i agree Almunia was crap, to say the least, for not doing better on those 2 occasions, maybe he comes out to shine in big matches?But he knows he messed up(i hope),Denilson! He is cute,if only looks could help him play well *sigh*! Anyway, About the age,sex and location,thats just stupid,i’m 17,a girl and not located anywhere near England,or Europe for that matter,that means i’m a fake gunner? Jack wilshere is 19,does that mean he is not a real gunner,if age was what made one a supporter?I’d love to meet people who think like that so i can laugh at their faces! Gunners should exist as 1,if we don’t support each other,who will support us,spurs fans? Ha! Btw,nice blog,S! :)

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    • Girl Gunner
      2291 days ago

      PS: I Think Arsene should stay,not only has he helped us achieve alot,but also if a new manager comes i think he might change the beautiful way we play and we would start to play like the likes of stoke city!! Imagine if that happens!!

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  24. akag9
    2291 days ago

    Great, great post Sîan. Don’t pay attention to idiots trolling.
    As for The Great Arsenal Civil Wars of 2011 – heh, imagine the geat armistice if we win the damn league… And it’s just a fact of life. Civil wars can be pretty nasty though…
    Jens playing us scary. Red card, mistakes… But then again, if it happens, well… It happens. If Almunia plays great 3 games now and gets injured… ut’s Jens anyway, right? Unless Arsebloggers lonely Hypo’s uterus does miracle and one of our three broken keepers come back…
    As for SebSquil – he tries his best. And it’s not like he fooled Arsene with forged passport claiming he’s 23…
    Maybe AA23 will put 4 in Edvin The Old Dutch Master’s net on Mat 1st? Maybe new hero will emerge. RvP -3: Spurs – zilch…
    And all of you Gioner fans – I love you, man. Peace and Love.

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  25. fluflu
    2291 days ago

    Sack Wenger, he has ruined my club

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  26. Dom
    2291 days ago

    Love your work Sian, your posts always seem more personal than the other bloggers.

    Absolutely agree with you that the fan rivalry thing is ridiculous. Who has the right to judge me as less of an Arsenal fan because I’m a Croatian-born 25-year-old living in Australia? If I could, I’d live across the road from the stadium and go to very match but simply because my circumstances don’t allow it doesn’t make me less of a fan. Anyway, pet peeve of mine and you nailed it today, so thank you and keep up the great work!
    ~Dom

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  27. Treez
    2291 days ago

    I don’t know where all this in-fighting is coming from – the Spuds will be delighted! Are we not allowed to SUPPORT our team inwhichever way we are able to without being judged? I think the foreign fans are some of the most passionate and we are lucky to have them. When I am abroad I have (occasionally) had to get up at a silly time to watch a game – the fans who live abroad do it every week. I think they’re amazing. The away fans are also fantastic – although I don’t get to many away matches, I am always impressed by their incredible support. Our home fans could learn a lot from them. All this nonsense will be forgotten in a few weeks, so let’s all get on with supporting the mighty Arsenal.

    Great blog, as ever, Siany. Keep ‘em coming.

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  28. Remember Micheal Always
    2291 days ago

    If a football club is supposed to unite the fans then regardless of whether you believe AW is right or wrong the biggest concern for me is that his philosophy is quite literally tearing Arsenal’s support apart. Surely that cannot be a good thing. A very well thought and heart felt post BTW.

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  29. WingedGooner
    2291 days ago

    Firstly, kudos to a brilliantly written blog. I am a young, foreign, positive fan who loves to argue with these ‘complainers’. I have come to a conclusion with these fans and their unreasonable demands.

    Fans who only WANT Arsenal to win and write comments like wenger out, dont have the most important ingredient of a fan:BELIEF. Atleast until the season is over, one should support the coach and the club.

    carling cup was a last minute communication mistake, champions league was a ref’s stupidity and the FA cup was a physically and mentally wounded team that gave it their all. None of the three were under Le Prof’s control.

    on top of this, how can anyone blame the coach for the things that he had to suffer with in this season. we have been facing regular main team injuries but for a month and half in jan and fab, eternal bullshit from these cuntish refs and the sudden emergence of superpowers from opposition goalies!

    And we still play the most beautiful football in the PL! WENGER STAY!

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  30. Gary
    2291 days ago

    Having been a gooner for many man years I was finally privileged to come to London for the first time to see Arsenal in the Carlng Cup Final, the FA Cup replay against Leyton Orient and then the EPL game against Sunderland. I guess you could say that in seeing arsenal for the first time I got the trifecta – a loss, win and a draw.

    The one thing I would like to say is that the gooner’s that get t see arsenal week in week out live at the emirates don’t know how lucky you are! We should be getting behind this team 110% to spur them on to the title and not sit there and only cheer when something goes our way. To be at the emirates and hear fans booing off Denilson is shocking and we onl need to look at the Newcastle game to see and hear how our support can get a team up and over the line. Players like Wilsire, Ramsey etc will lift another gear again (if that’s possible) if they hear how the gooner’s are supporting them!

    Great post Sian – always like reading them come on you Arsenal fans, let’s get the team home!

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  31. Andy
    2291 days ago

    well done sian. forget the haters. you are doing a great job. you should try to get some sort of comment rating system on the site so idiotic comments can get voted down….

    9 wins and we are champions. 18 other teams in the league would gladly have that!

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  32. Alan
    2289 days ago

    Comment No 48

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  33. Alan
    2289 days ago

    Comment No 49

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  34. Alan
    2289 days ago

    50 comments. Well done, bird!

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  35. UncleK
    2288 days ago

    something suspicious going on here …{51}

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    • Sian
      2288 days ago

      Very suspicious…!

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  36. SteveCrab
    2286 days ago

    Hi Sian

    I’m a United supporter who writes for a fansite that you were mentioned on not too far back, and I’ve been reading your stuff since. Another great read here.

    You raise a really valid point with the ageism thing. One of the hardest things to take and the saddest part about supporting our teams is how difficult it is to get the younger generations in to our games, watching our matches. The prices to get in are aimed at high earners in suits and it wont be long before there is no ‘next generation’ at our clubs, and the stadium has turned in to a corporate entertainment venue full of people who don’t really care, but are having a ‘nice day out’. At Old Trafford it gets closer to that scenario with every game.

    The older fans should be proud to have supporters like you on board, who are young, passionate, knowledgable, and there for your love of the team. And the club. They should be glad that you’re around and wish that there were tens of thousands of others like you, and younger to keep the proper support at the Emirates going for years to come.

    Keep up the good articles, Sian. Really enjoy reading what you have to say.

    Steve

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    • Sian
      2281 days ago

      Hi Steve, thanks for reading! Glad you agree, I mean, we were all young and ‘new’ to our clubs at one point, right? Some of the older fans talk about the 1971 Double season. In which I assume they were pretty young…

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