I would like to welcome back Sultan @TAngleFootball as he is known on twitter, to ’1nildown2oneup.’ I am always happy to allow true supporters to use this blog as a platform to voice a considered opinion or a well thought out argument, regardless of whether I myself entirely agree with them. Today is one fans’s plea to all Gooners for less negativity and simply a better code of conduct. After all when Rocky uttered the now immortal words about what it means to represent Arsenal the advice should stand for fans as well as club employees should it not? Over to you Sultan….
Despite the Arsenal world being restored to a sort of calm after passing an easy Reading test, there still seems to be a lot of negative fan behaviour creeping into the ‘Goonerverse.’ Emotions can run high and people can be understandably angry and fed up, however most of the negative behaviour seems to have stuck around permanently. It was not that long ago that the inspiring quote of “Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent.” was engraved into the minds Arsenal players. This is not only true for the players but also for the fans too. Here are some general issue’s I have with Arsenal fan behaviour at the moment and what NOT to do, all of which are politically neutral and something all can agree on.
I can question decisions or members of the Arsenal staff but I must do so in a respectful & dignified manner.
This is Arsenal, and I assume you carry more class than Piers Morgan. Giving people nicknames such as ‘Ivan the Terrible’ makes you sound childish and in all honesty who then is likely to listen to what you have to say? If you feel a certain way about the club and have its best interest at heart, why don’t you address your issue and try to make people aware of why you feel how you do? Speaking in Morse code by saying things like ‘Szczesny should have saved that, if only we bought a back up keeper in the summer,’ will not let anyone see your point and frankly makes you look like a shallow fan.
I will not take anything somebody writes or says at face value and use it as ammunition against the club.
If your United or Spurs fan friend points out to you that Wenger said ‘Qualifying for the Champions League is a trophy in itself’, firstly it’s unlikely to be him pointing out to you that you’re club’s mentality is ill placed and that he’s looking out for his friend. Secondly it’s extremely likely that the person being quoted hasn’t said anything of the sort. Who really supports Arsenal your Spud friend or you, why would he know about Arsenal news more than you? Using hearsay to prove a point or getting worked up over nothing is insanity and fans need to stop using it as something to hold against the club or its personnel.
I will not blame our loss on whomever people think is deserving of said blame.
Any number of our players might unfortunately have made a mistake which lead to a goal, it’s the nature of supporting Arsenal but there are 10 other players on the pitch. We win together and lose together. Don’t ask for team spirit and togetherness if you’re going to isolate a player’s performance and say that is solely why we lost a game. It’s perfectly acceptable for a player to have a bad day but as long as he’s trying that’s all we can ask for. A player can make an error but I really don’t understand the rationale behind him being blamed for the loss or what it actually achieves, bar negative consequences.
I will not abuse our players because of where they’re told to play.
Believe it or not but if you asked Aaron Ramsey what position he would like to play in, I highly doubt he would say right wing. I think Aaron is perfectly aware that he does not have all the particular skills required to be right winger, but when the boss says ‘Aaron, you’re starting out wide today’ guess what Aaron does? It’s indicative of his nature that Ramsey hardly ever pipes up about being played out of position or how he’s being targeted by fans. For me this really shows the character and the class that this young boy possesses. Above all however, on a human level how do we think this makes such a young person feel?
I will not cheer when one of our players is subbed, no matter how poorly he’s played.
The only thing worse than a player in bad form, is a player in bad form that isn’t trying. I think the first person that knows he’s playing badly is the player himself. However he’s much more likely to go off with hunger and determination and think to himself the fans pay good money to support the team and him, he must do better for their sake if you clap him off surely? Better that than him feeling sorry for himself when booed or cheered at the decision to sub him. Support your players and acknowledge the fact that it’s just not his day and to start again next game. The odd brush under the carpet for a poor performance isn’t likely to hurt anyone and it certainly is better for the player.
Whilst we cannot agree with each other on everything all of the time, I sincerely hope that this is something we can agree on all the time, its basic issues that have slowly crept in and are making supporting Arsenal that much more difficult, it’s the rough times when we need to support our teams most but nowadays it seems the opposite is happening. “Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent.”
Thanks Sultan. Guess we all need to look at ourselves in the mirror now and then! Don’t forget to follow Sultan @TAngleFootball if you like how he thinks and writes.
Until next time thanks for reading.
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