Let’s face facts as a whole Arsenal fans of the last few years are pretty lame when it comes for sticking up for themselves, apart from one decent BSM ‘walk’ over that 6% ticket price increase. Prices since all-seater came in have just gone up and up and the promise of cheaper seats once we moved to the shinny new spacebowl was never going to happen and with no united Arsenal fan voice the club have pretty much done whatever they like with no real fuss from us. Oddly fans from other clubs have done more to embarrass the club with both Man City and Liverpool successfully getting the point across for the pricing of Cat A games.
Anyway onto Wenger, the argument of if hes the right man or not has finally been put to bed, no right minded person can now say he’s the right man to manage the club. I’m not calling him a C### I’m not wishing him anything but the best, I’m not acting like a tottenham fan and I’m not being knee jerk. Myself and the other admin on facebook.com/shewore have been very honest over the last 4years on our views and they haven’t changed, we must be saying something right to have the best part of 18,000 on the page, the vast majority being current or former match going fans, this aint a page with 100’s of moo moo comments on every status.
As for a Wenger out or any other protest I can tell everyone right now that none of the ‘official’ so-called supporters clubs who on a regular basis get invited to AGM’s, supporters forums, tea with Ivan etc, the people the club deem fit to speak on our behalf’s will arrange anything against Wenger’s time being well and truly up, the fools approved the highest non-corporate match ticket in Europe, that tells you all you need to know about them. None of the bigger Arsenal blogs will arrange a protest either over any kind of Wenger out and neither will I/we at SheWore, this should be down to the AST,AISA and RedAction to arrange, but of course they wont.
Over the 24 hours I/we have had about a dozen different people privately messaging me/us so we can help arrange their idea on a protest, my answer to them and anyone who ever asks in the future is DO IT get together with a few mates and do something. Trying to arrange and keep happy everyone on what slogan ? what game ? in the ground ? before,after,during ? just will not happen, more chance herding cats. So my answer to everyone is simple and this is said with the up most respect, you do what you feel fit, don’t be a sheep, you don’t need someone else to tell what you can or cant do and when you can do it.
It costs very little to print or write on an A4 sheet of paper with the words WENGER OUT on it (for example), it costs very little if half a dozen of you get a small banner made up between you and I’m very sure by the messages we have received the other more imaginative of you can think of other things to do, just remember please don’t do anything that could lead to an arrest. I’m very sure if you did this before/during/after the next few games you will soon find people on the streets and in the ground who will join you. Pass out the A4 sheets to people on the trains and buses, in the streets, in the pubs (or latte bar) and to people who sit around you, empower yourselves and the people around you.
Please don’t think that by joining a group on Facebook or moaning on twitter or even doing some direct action that you will get change, in fairness nothing we as fans do can persuade a lame duck CEO (who can’t sack his own employee) and a majority shareholder (who can vote to pay himself £3mill) apart from not going to games, but as we know by now the club will be more than happy to have 60,000 tourists at every game who will spend big in the club shop than people whose families have been going for generations and have a deep emotional involvement, so not going is a lose lose.
As some of the good lads and ladies who I stood alongside and spoken to who did try some direct action over last years 3% increase say, at least we did something, we didn’t just moan and do nothing, we tried. The club need a change at all levels, if we do not tell them, if we don’t get the message thro they will think we agree with the direction they are heading. I’m a firm believer that we are the club, not the owner, not a manager, not the players THE FANS. We will still be there after Wenger, Stan and there apologists have long gone.
Up The Arsenal….