I see myself as a fairly positive character. I try not to get things get me down, especially things out of my control. I feel sorry for the Arsenal fans that live in such a negative world that they spend nearly every hour, from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep, spouting negativity on social media.
We all know the people. 100 tweets a day, all negative. They run Facebook groups where, after a defeat, they post anti-Arsenal 50 meme’s. They clearly get no enjoyment from football, or their only enjoyment they get is being negative.
It is easy to slip into this world of negativity. As negativity breeds more negativity and you tend to surround yourselves with people with similar negative views. It must be very depressing to be one of these people. Constantly walking around being negative.
I might get criticised for it, but I prefer to stay positive. Always looking on the bright side. Trying to find the good in people. It is better to live your life this way then have the negative outlook that some have.
But with Arsenal at the moment, it is very hard to find the positives.
Another predictable defeat against Bournemouth sees the gap open up between Arsenal in 6th and the top 4 futher.
It has been hard to remain positive as an away this season – just 3 wins in 12 away games in the Premier League. With no wins in the League Cup or FA Cup, and just the single win against BATE Borisov in Europe makes it 4 wins on the road for Arsenal.
We are now on a run of just 1 win in the last 6 – a post Christmas victory against Crystal Palace. It is easy to get down.
I read somewhere that Arsenal have been awful since beating Chelsea in the FA Cup. And it is hard to argue against this:
- Arsene Wenger signing a new contract
- Alexis Sanchez not signing a new contract
- Mesut Ozil not signing a new contract
- Just 2 senior players signed
- A profit on transfers in the summer
- 2 defeats in the opening 3 games
- No away win until 22 October 2017
- 1 away win in our first 6 away games
- Limp performances in the Europa League
- Including losing to a bottom of the league Koln – who had one a single game all season
- Sir Chips Keswick showing disregard to fans
- 2 wins in the last 9 Premier League games
- Knocked out of the FA Cup at the 3rd round stage
- 23 points off top (just 22 points off bottom)
- 8 points off the top 4
- Sanchez set to leave
- Ozil still not signed a new contract
- Jack Wilshere not signed a new contract
- Players being sold for below market value
- No players being signed
I could go on but then I am on the verge of entering the spiral of negativity that I am trying to void.
Arsenal is not a happy place at the moment.
It is not enjoyable going to games, and even less enjoyable speaking to people at Arsenal.
In my office, I have Spurs and Liverpool fans trying to “banter” me, ignoring the fact that their clubs are no better than us – neither winning anything bar a couple of League Cups in the last decade. Finishing above us once in 20 years does not over turn 2 decades of failure! But it is hard to argue against them.
So what positives can I cling on to?
- We are still in the League Cup
- We are still in the Europa League
A trophy will not make up for how poor we have been this season, how badly mismanaged we are, from Wenger to Ivan Gazidis to the board, but it will be a minor success.
I guess the only positive I have to cling to is that even in our barren years, we are still more successful then that lot up the road. And whilst we have had a poor couple of years, Spurs have had a poor 3 decades.
So my positive for the day, at least I am not a Spurs fan.
Have a good week, and don’t let football get you down. It really isn’t worth it.