Today’s game against West Ham is the most important game since the last most important game.
It has been a tough week for some Arsenal fans as the realisation has hit that the last men running the club – Ivan Gazidis & Arsene Wenger – left us in a poorer state then they first thought.
The poor commercial deals, poor sales and poor coaching will take 3 years to undo. We are just 6 months into the future.
So the game against West Ham is very important to keep fans onside.
There had been a wave of hope and optimism due to a 23-game unbeaten run. This was hit with poor results against Southampton, Brighton and Liverpool. Some fans began doubt Unai Emery et al quicker than what they should. Probably motivated by RT’s and followers.
But negativity can spread quickly. We lose tomorrow, the crowd will be baying for blood at the next home game – next weekend against Chelsea. You can already hear the cries of spend some f*****ing money as attention seeking drips get out their (recently ironed by their mum) banners out, protest and call for a boycott.
These fans are short termist.
It was always going to take 3 years to get us back up an running.
Look at Liverpool. This is Jurgen Klopp’s 4th year in charge. They finished 8th in his first year.
If you really thought that by Gazidis and Wenger going, that we were suddenly going to spend £200m and be top of the league, you were deluded. This isn’t the club lying to you, raising your expectations. This is you lying to yourself, raising your own expectations.
After Chelsea it is Manchester United in the cup, Cardiff at home, then Manchester City away.
It is a tough run of 5 games, with only the home game against Cardiff a coupon banker. And this is why the fans support is so important.
Emery before has spoken about the fans, players and club working as one. Supporting each other. Backing each other.
If you get out the banners, start the booing, after just a little bump in the road. After a couple of poor games and 2 weeks without signing someone, then you need to take a long hard look at yourself.
Victory against West Ham keeps us on the right foot. It would make it 3 wins on the spin as we go in to the Chelsea / Man U home double header.
By the time Chelsea is over, we could be in the top 4, or we could be 9 points behind.
We the fans have a huge part to play. Back the boys, back the team, back the new regime.