Date:Monday October 30 2006
Ok, not so long ago there was a problem with Arsenal players seemingly wanting to walk the ball into the net, but that isn't the case anymore.
Yet for some reason Arsenal fans still find it necessary to scream 'Shoooooooot' everytime one of our boys gets within 30 yards. Please, it needs to stop, it's ridiculous and it's begining to have a negative affect on the players.
At Man City earlier this season, one of our players, I forget which one, was on the edge of the area with about four defenders infront of him, he was at an angle where it would have been difficult enough to score if he was by himself, yet everyone still yelled for him to have a crack and the moaned when he didn't. What are we doing here? We are supossed to be supporting our team, not giving them hassle.
After Saturday's game against Everton, Thierry Henry has seen fit to speak out about this for the second time this season.
'I don't know if the fans are frustrated. I keep on hearing them shouting 'shoot'.
'I don't know what they're trying to say or trying to do, but I think they're getting sucked in by what some people are saying.'
'We scored some amazing goals at Reading last week and nobody said 'shoot' then.'
'Against Everton, we created the same chances, but the finishing wasn't what you expect. That's just the way it is.'
'Fans are fans and like to express the way they feel. That's the way it is, but as soon as we came back into the game 1-1, we went forward.'
The problem we face is if Arsenal fans continue to dish out this treatment then we will induce one of two things:-
1) A feeling of contempt from the players which will lead to the players trying even harder to walk the ball in.
2) The players may actually listen to us and taking advice from a bunch of booze fuelled supporters who have never played professional football in their lives will lead to ill advised shot at the wrong time and wasting possession.
Let the players get on with the business of playing football while we should concentrate on singing our team to victory rather than whinging.
Let's get behind the team.
Date:Monday October 30 2006
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