Arsenal is at Civil War. The infighting and arguing is getting out of hand. When a confrontational fan group such as the Black Scarf Movement is moved to tweet and blog, calling for fans to give it a rest, you know it has gone too far and for too long:
In geopolitics there is a theory on war. The theory go’s that if one country can get two of its enemies fighting each other, the power of that first country is strengthened.
The two countries at war pour all their resources, which can amount to billions, fighting each other. Killing each other. Meanwhile, the first country sits idly by doing nothing more than stirring the pot, ensuring that their enemies continue the fight.
Whilst the two countries who are at war are fighting each other, they can not be fighting their main enemy, the original country. We are seeing this theory play out currently in the Middle East.
America have created a situation where 3 of their potential enemies, Syria, Iran and Iraq, are now busy fighting themselves and ISIS, rather than combing forces to fight their common enemy, America. The current war will likely plunge all 3 countries into further decades of upheaval, ensuring that none of them will ever have the power to challenge the US. It has gone on for years in the Middle East.
At Arsenal, we are seeing a similar landscape. The board, the club, have created a situation where we see a split of fans. You have those who want Arsene Wenger gone. Those who want him to stay. It has created a massive split in both fan groups and fans themselves. The animosity witnessed on the streets of Belgium between the two sits was at his worst.
There have already been reports of fights in the stands at Brighton and Reading, and now the arguments have gone abroad.
And here is the issue, whilst the fan base is split, arguing, fighting over a single issue such as Arsene Wenger, they are split, and ignoring the common enemy, Arsenal football club themselves.
The fans should have risen as one to fight the club on ticket prices. On safe standing. On Stan Kroenke taking £3million out of the club. But whilst they are too busy fighting each other, whether it be on the streets or on social media, they will not unite to take on the club.
Meanwhile, the club sit there, stirring the pot. Giving Arsene Wenger a 3 year contract. Not buying the players we need. Saying that Wenger is the king maker. It ensures that all our energy is spent on being “Wenger In” or “Wenger Out”, giving the board are fairly free ride to make other decisions, knowing that the fans will not rise as one.
There is no side on the Arsenal civil war that can claim to be better than the other. Both sides are equally to blame. And both sides have used similar intimidatory tactics.
In Belgium, it was the ‘Thanks for the memories’ flag. A fan voiced his opinion against this flag, and was ‘laid out’. At Reading, a fan unveiled a Wenger Out flag, voicing his opinion, and he was laid out.
Claims by both ‘sides’ that it is the other who is causing the issue, is in the wrong, are false. They both are. I have seem people who want Wenger Out abuse their opponents on twitter with sickening comments. And then their opponents tweet “Typical WOB, always returning to violence and abuse.”
Likewise, I have seen the Wenger In’s tweet abuse and make derogatory comments to their opponents, and then the response being “Typical AKB, can’t have a debate without abusing.”
Both parties site their and say everyone is entitled to their opinion, whilst abusing anyone who dares offer a different opinion.
Neither the ‘WOB’ or ‘AKB’ can be proud of their behaviour towards fellow Arsenal fans.
Anyone attempting to claim the moral high ground, to put forward a view that they are all cuddly and happy to have a civilised debate, whilst their opponent is a monster and unwilling to sit and talk is wrong. They are all monsters and unwilling to talk.
Arsenal has a fan base at war with each other. Blaming each other for the war. Accusing each other of underhand, tactics. Until the war is over, we will be unable to move on, to unit against the common enemy, The Arsenal Board.