Calling all TRUE Gooners
Quite a bit of time has passed since the last article I wrote, and I apologize to those who didn’t mind reading them. To be honest, I stopped posting because it was getting nauseating reading the ever increasing influx of mutinous, sabotaging articles and comments. JustArsenal has become more like JustSlattingArsenal instead of JustSupportingArsenal; and this isn’t a reflection on admin (because he promotes freedom of speech for all points of view), but shows how the anti-intellectual / misinformed movement within the Arsenal Fan base has infectiously grown.
The internet is plagued with people who are obnoxiously ambitious for Arsenal to conform with the very standards that are being set by our most hated opponents. A standard that says “Money and Greed is what makes the world go around” instead of hard work and effort.
It’s a typical case of “keeping up with the Joneses” combined with the negative effects that footballing video games inflict.
See, in the world of Psychology, virtual realities and virtual role playing have been proven (through extensive research) to desensitize the user to their “real-world” physical / mental realities.
In regards to footballing video games such as FIFA or Football Manager, the user is granted the virtual control of their own football team (most of the time, their favourite); and they manage the team as they see fit. They do their very best to guide their team to victory “through any means necessary” disregarding what managers in the real world have to cope with…especially concerning finances. Now, I’m not blanketing all people who play these games to be oblivious of these effects; because not all of them are intellectually incapable of stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture… but most are.
Hell, even I play these games (both FIFA13 and Football Manager 13), and very much enjoy (on occasion) being completely irresponsible with club finances to sign players like Aymen Abdennour, Marouane Fellaini,, and Stephan Jovetic, all in one window (which can only be done in FIFA because it’s an extremely unrealistic game – when compared with Football Manager); but even if I choose to be irresponsible with club finances in my “virtual worlds”, this does not affect my ability to understand that transfers in the “real world” are exponentially more difficult. Most people who play these games (even though they would staunchly deny it) are under the impression…”well I signed Cavani, M’Vila and Baines in my game, why can’t Wenger do it in real life”?
It is mostly the uneducated and the youth (also lacking education) who form pathetic groups like the black scarf idiots and whatever other “misinformed mobs” there are out there.
These same ignorant twits also neglect that it was only in October 2006 that one of the greatest footballing venues in the world (The Emirates) was officially finished and opened, which incurred nearly 500 million pounds in loans and financing that Arsenal FC have miraculously been able to handle without sinking into oblivion; and Arsenal were not a mega rich club when they started the venture.
Remember this fact:
The effective interest rate on these bonds is 5.14% and 5.97%, respectively, and are due to be paid back over a 25-year period; the move to bonds has reduced the club’s annual debt service cost to approximately £20 million a year.
The man doesn’t really have to explain himself. He has more experience in his profession (in the top tier) than almost everyone in the world. Yet there are pathetic pundits out there who think they know better…seriously despicable self-proclaimers.
Anyone can look back in hindsight and claim “Oh, well I would have done something differently”…of course you can say that now, because you’re looking back after the fact you sycophantic loons.
We know that the club hasn’t won a title or trophy since 2005.We understand that ticket prices are (for the time being) expensive. We know there are players (5) on the payroll who languish uselessly. We know that Wenger is a human being (just like the rest of us) and occasionally makes the wrong call (he may be a genius, but not a God). Most importantly, we know for a large part of the time we have been experiencing difficulties in recent years, that injuries have plagued us continually, and hindered Wenger from putting out his most preferred first team. Overall we’ve had more long term injuries to key players than any other top four club, and not much can be done about that because it’s just bad luck.
Take a good look at this graph:
Link for the graph if you cant see it – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenal_F.C.
There is unmistakeably a difference before and after The Emirates was built, in correlation to titles and trophies. It’s not just coincidence that we saw the team finishing in 3rd or 4th instead of 1st or 2nd after 2006. This is because in order to keep the club afloat financially, the main focus had to be switched to maintaining the highest profits possible; not only to make sure the club doesn’t experience a steady financial decline, but to make sure they could stay somewhat competitive in the most difficult league (BPL) in the world.
Unfortunately, this switch in focus meant that the manager (with the boards consent) would have to start selling the clubs star players when they receive the best offers for them…no matter how painful; but that will end once the loans become less of a threat, and AFC can restructure their finances.
Let us not forget though, there were players along the way who betrayed us (you know who they are), because of the money and greed that is corrupting the beautiful game. Lastly, the new focus also meant that they had to look for bargains when dealing with transfers, which has become more difficult in this new age of billionaire takeovers and transfer window spies; and bargain shopping can sometimes backfire i.e. Cazorla vs. Chamakh.
I’m tired of rambling on like this; but most of all, I’m so tired of all the impatient, misinformed fans out there who believe the club needs to be pillaged and raped because their own selfish “dream team” desires aren’t being fulfilled.
There are some who might think I am harsh on those who continually bash the club (and this is true…I am harsh); but this only because I believe they are doing more harm than good. They seem to want to cause a rift amongst the Arsenal faithful to pit us against each other, instead of uniting as one behind the team; and that is why I have no respect for their delusional, hysterical opinions…let alone the fact that they only provide half-truths and don’t look at the bigger picture.
Then again, on the flip side of that coin, there are a lot of level headed fans out there who realise that Arsenal FC has had to undergo this transition financially because of the loans for the stadium.
Although there is still quite a bit of time left on the loans, things are looking up for the Arsenal. Profits from a new agreement with Emirates recently and of course the income that will be now coming in from the Square are all financial boosts so that the club has more buying power in the transfer window. Giroud, Podolski, and Cazorla were not only big name signings (despite what some twats say), they were purchased at prices most couldn’t believe. This will continue to be a factor as more and more teams will collapse financially due to fiscal irresponsibility, Arsenal will come in and say “need money? We’ll take your best players off your hands”. Players have returned from injury (thank God); and the team is (IMO) about to burst into a very good run of form/results.
Arsenal is NOT in decline, and the only reason that people have such high expectations of Arsenal is because of the genius that is Arsene Wenger. Yet so many know-it-alls out there who don’t have the slightest idea about how to run a football club, running their clueless mouths, think that Arsene Wenger should be sacked. Our team (and manager) deserve more quality loyalty than that.
“The Arsenal Way” deserves more credit than the bottom feeding media pundits give it; and more recognition from fans of its purity.
Did you know that Arsenal fans, on an online poll, rated as the most quiet home supporters? You didn’t need to be told that though, because it’s pretty self evident. The Emirates needs to be louder! Teams that come to play against The Arsenal need to feel like there are 12 players playing against them. Our gunners need to feel like they have the moral support BEFORE they score a goal, not after.
Alex Ferguson said recently when having to go away to one of those Turkish teams, “If our home fans acted like that, we would never loose a home game.” Take a look at how the fans support the team over at Brussia Dortmund or even Celtic for that matter…Barcelona had to play against a 12 man Celtic team recently, and lost. Gunner fans need to start taking more initiative. From start to finish, fans need to be chanting and bursting with vocal support.
Believe it or not, but support like that has a very positive effect on the players; And just because a goal goes against us doesn’t mean that fans should break out in hateful murmurs, taunts, and jeers; that’s the sign to give them even MORE moral support, to get them to fight back! Take a page from the away fans book, because they do it right. I don’t care if someone has to sneak in a megaphone to get people singing in song…it just needs to be done! Teams should fear coming to the Emirates because of Arsenals 12th player!
Have patience fellow gunner fans. Trophies are on the way. Don’t be so pessimistic. Don’t act spoiled. Don’t jump on the “Money and Greed” bandwagon. Don’t be taken in by the IQ reducing tabloid media outlets. Support the team properly through thick and thin. The Arsenal Way…the proper way.
Let us know what you think ~ and Happy New Year
ARSENAL FOR LIFE