Last night on twitter I was furious. I was passionate. I was frustrated. We had just drawn 0-0 at home to the Manchester United and at the final whistles, there were a chorus of boo’s.As the team walked off, sitting second in the league, 1 point off top, those around me were getting on the players back, demanding the head of the manager. Overreacting.
I kind of understood fans reactions. We have not played brilliantly for the last few games. 1 win in 4 is not the form of Champions. 0-0 against the worst Manchester United side in the Premier League era. They were their for the taking. However, booing? Leave it out. We are 2nd in the league.
Could we have made another substitution? Perhaps. But who? Podolski? Bendtner? Sanogo? Would they have been more effective than Giroud, Ozil & Cazorla? Who knows. And yes, in the final 5 minutes, we could have gone for it a bit more, but when faced with an attacking line up of Rooney, Van Persie and Januzaj, we became cautious. We had learnt from our defeat to Dortmund at home where we pushed forward for the winner, only to lose the game. A point is better than no points. That point could be very important at the end of the season.
Arsenal have lost just once in 2014. The press have labelled us as some sort of club in crisis, and I feel some of our fans have begun to believe this. We are second in the league. Still in the FA Cup & still in the Champions League. That is certainly not the sign of a crisis club. A crisis club is in Manchester, From Champions to seventh. A crisis club is in Middlesex. Spending £100m, only to sack the manager. Arsenal are certainly not a club in crisis.
Crisis Noun 1. A time of intense difficulty or danger.
If we finish trophyless and third this season, it would not be a massive failure. It would not have been a poor season. Manchester City spend £100m more on wages a season than Arsenal. Chelsea £50m more. In a game where money is king, these two are leaders. The fact that we are currently sandwiched between the 2 in second place is testament to the team. Our squad is not as big. And that comes down to wage bill size. Their spending power is scary. So lets not get on the teams back if we finish 3rd, as it will not be a failure.
As for Mesut Ozil. People again seem to be eating up the press criticism and getting on his back. Way to go Arsenal fans. We demand the club spend money on world class talent. We spend money on world class talent. And than we harass him. Why would any other world class player want to join Arsenal if, after a couple of poor games, the fans get on his back. And he has not even been that poor, look at the stats.
A flop is Erik Lamela. £30m, has played just 9 games in the league, has yet to score and only has 1 assist to his name. Or Marouane Fellaini. £27.5m, played just 11 games in all competitions, and has more red cards then goals or assists. Or how about Roberto Soldado? £26m and as many goals from open play as Bendtner…Ozil certainly is not a flop. Stop believing the press. Stop giving them fuel for the fire.
Arsenal fans acted spoilt last night. I am currently reading Rebels for the Cause. It is a brilliant book based on the alternative history of Arsenal. And what is interesting? It seems we at Arsenal always like a moan. The same problems now – ticket prices, moving stadium, players earning too much – have existed throughout our history. Yet we are still here. Fans tend to forget their history. They forget the barren spell of the 70s & 80s, 18 years between titles, 16 years between trophies. They look at the Graham era through rose tinted glasses. Yet even when Graham was winning trophies, fans did not take to him and his style of play. His man management of Anders Limpar, Paul Davis, Rocky.
During the early Wenger years, Arsenal fans became spoilt. Successful attractive football. And that showed through last night. The booing was no more than a spoilt child who wanted another cookie. It was like moaning that you were sleeping with Kelly Brook when what you wanted was Mila Kunis. It is childish.
Last night, people accused me of not understanding football. Even of not being an Arsenal fan. I am sorry if me not liking fan’s booing a team sitting second offends you. That’s a lie, I am not sorry. Back your side, through thick and thin. If you boo when the team sit in second place, your type of ‘support’ is really not needed. If not being an Arsenal fan is backing the side no matter what, going home and away and Europe, then yes, I am not an Arsenal fan. Now show me your credentials…
Booing the team in my opinion is a disgraceful act. I have seen individuals (Eboue) get booed, and I have seen the entire team getting booed after a poor performance. But booing when we sit second? That is shameful. We are not Chelsea, we are not Tottenham, who both boo at the slightest hint of anything poor. We are The Arsenal. We are supposed to be a classy club. Show some class. Stop being spoilt.