Monday, 22 August 2011

And BTW....

....I've been driven to distraction by the taunts of my Spurs mates that suggest the Emirates is populated by Gooner rats, all rushing to abandon a sinking ship.

1. There were no empty seats on Saturday and those who thought there were from the TV pictures, should be aware that from where I sat, this was just as a result of it pissing down at half-time and all those getting wet in the front rows of the lower tier, either moving back for some cover, or seeking refuge watching the screens on the concourse

2. The "spend some f***in' money" chant only surfaced momentarily from a few voices and soon turned into a chorus of "we love you Arsenal" as everyone realised the need to get behind the team and while the final whistle was inevitably greeted with the expected cacophony of disapproval over such a disappointing result (display!), anyone who lingered long enough will know that the team actually left the pitch with "we love you Arsenal" ringing in their ears

Credit where it's due
Keep the faith
Come on you Reds
Bernard

6 comments:

AStoneGooner said...

Has to be said, I reckon you were at a different game, I was sat in row 3 in the north bank, I witnessed arguments between fans, a group who literally spent the entire game calling Arsene a CUNT and abusing the players, there were plenty of empty seats to be seen and I as a very proud (even with whats going on) gooner sat in my shorts and arsenal shirt getting soaked to the skin whilst supporting my team so anyone retreating to the concourse to get out of the rain can not call themselves real supporters and cannot be defended as such! Our support is a disgrace and needs to do more to get behind the team, whoever is wearing the shirt, booing will only serve to ruin any confidence or motivation they have!!!

q9 said...

astonegooner...agree... with all the negativity around....

even with whats going on... our fans are showing not to be 'supporting' the team....

i've seen other teams losing 2-0 3-0 and the fans trying to drive them on inspire them... if arsenal were 4-0 down at half time at emirates the stadium would be empty for second half and i doubt they'd ever pull off a recovery!!!! (like Newcastle did even tho a few of their fans left)

only reason we are in 'crisi' is because of supporters mentality...

people are telling arsene to spend money... he is trying but he cant buy the players he wants as other teams come in offer more...

only way to change this would be if alishir usmanov excuse the spelling, took over..and he would then sanctions signings like shevchenko at chelsea....

we'd become one of those teams that we dislike as they are ruining football with money from outside football......

Anonymous said...

wenger has delivered in the past and will do so again, he needs the board to back him not tell him who or wen to sell or buy...its the muppets on the board, that criminal ivan gazidis n stan the silent dikhead... "VICTORIA CONCORDIA CRESCIT" stan sees the turmoil, divided quarters n hears the booing n doesnt do squat!!! too busy counting the greens.. VICTORY ONLY THROUGH HARMONY, but they changed our motto to "FORWARD".. so tell me STAN why are you using wenger as a scapegoat and why does it feel like we are going "BACKWARDS".. in wenger i do trust, IN THE BOARD I LOST FAITH A LONG TIME AGO...

Anonymous said...

Lets STOP all the negativity..the media are doing their utmost to get wenger to leave and we are playing right into their hands..everyong seems to forget we've signed 4 players and i have every belief we'll sign more..true supporters get behind Arsene and our BELOVED ARSENAL!!!!!!!!!!! We'll be right there come april yet again!!!!

Danish Gooner said...

Man Utd will finish 30 points ahead of us this year,at least.

Bernard said...

I'm usually the first to knock our fickle, utterly spoilt home support, compared to how vocal we are on the road. But I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised on Saturday, as I expected us to boo Nasri and to distract from the task at hand by pleading for Arsene to "spend some f***in' money"

But from where I sat, which admittedly was in the Upper Tier above the Red Action corner (when I'm usually down below) I couldn't see any empty seats until it rained and so many at the front ran for cover- which is perhaps part of the problem, as we can continue playing crap and the board know that all the seats will remain sold!

Whatever happened to the handing out of those plastic macs when it pours?

I only once heard the plea for Arsene to get his chequebook out, break out from the lower tier and this soon turned into a more encouraging chant and it felt quite heartwarming to be able to join in with the chorus of "we love you Arsenal" as the players left the pitch

I don't condone it but the initial booing is always going to be an instinctive reaction to a defeat because our spoilt home "audience" demands so much more nowadays

Myself I've always been of the opinion that so long as they are wearing red & white, our remit as "supporters" is to do just that with unstinting loyalty.

Unfortunately, in this age of instant gratification, the vast majority of the big clubs' grounds are populated by those who are much quicker to voice their disapproval, than they are to get up off their arses and give it some welly to inspire the team.

One of the saddest facts of Saturday's game was that when we wont 0-1 down, in the past this would've been a signal for the crowd to get behind the team and to try and inspire them to a fightback. Whereas sadly on Saturday there wasn't the slightest sense of there being any hope of a turnaround, once we went behind because our crowd, like so many nowadays are reactive rather than pro-active and wait for events on the pitch to get them out of their seats, rather than trying to fulfill their twelfth man role by being the inspiration for the team.

I wish it wasn't so, especially when you hear how much effort travelling Gooners put into doing our bit away from home, but unfortunatelt it's become a fact of life nowadays and if the club really cared, instead of Gazides putting flags on seats, he should've spent the three million they used to refurbish the Club Level restaurants last summer, on upgrading Holloway Road and Drayton Park stations instead, so that they didn't have to close after matches.

Perhaps without the huge queues at the Arsenal and Finsbury Park tube stations, folk wouldn't be in quite such a hurry to get away from the ground. But then I guess this might not reflect quite so well on the balance sheet as the Club Level refurb.

It's not that much better sitting in the Lower Tier, but perhaps my biggest criticism of my Upper Tier pitch on Saturday was to have to spend the last ten minutes constantly jumping up out of my seat and bobbing backwards and forwards, trying to catch the end of the game, between the obstruction of all those early leavers.

But then I can hardly climb on my high horse, as with my tardy habits and only a ten minute walk to the Emirates, I've no excuse for troubling folks at the start of the match, when I arrive after kick-off

Keep the faith
Come on you Reds
Bernard