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A Performance To Be Ashamed Of

There are many phrases I could use for today's home performance against Liverpool....disrespectful, below par, second rate, pathetic.

You do realise I'm not talking about the players don't you?!?

After all the moaning and groaning. 'Arsenal players don't shoot' ... 'They aren't playing for the shirt' ... 'We need to see more passion'. Well today, you got what you aked for, yet still it wasn't good enough.

For weeks now debates have rumbled on regarding people turning up late, not singing and leaving 15 minutes before the end of the game, but today, for me, it went a step too far.

The early signs were great, everyone in their seats long before the minutes silence, awesome atmosphere with singing pretty much from start to finish, but after a quality performance that saw us easily defeat a top four team 3-0, some of the so-called fans still buggered off home early.

We, as a club, have been under massive pressure over the past few weeks. Results have not gone our way, and a loss today would pretty much seen us doomed to a dogged fight for second spot at best. The players fought, they gave 100% and what did they get for their efforts, a half empty stadium.

Kolo Toure and William Gallas gave their all today, in swashbuckling performances that deserve to have all the plaudits in the world heaped upon them, but instead upon the final whistle, they were greeted with the sight of the backs of peoples heads.

I constantly hear people moan that they pay their ticket price so they are entitled to do as they wish, but if they continue to leave the players feeling unapreciated then eventually, the players won't give a toss either.

Today the Arsenal squad proved they are a force to be reckoned with, and 20% of the fans proved they are nothing but a bunch of fair weather fans who couldn't really give a crap about the team.

I hope and pray that Thierry and his boys read articles such as this, and instead of feeling unwanted by the so-called fans who leave early and don't appear to care, they appreciate the other 50,000 fans who live and breath Arsenal.

We need to support our team, not use them as a fashion accessory.

But then again, I guess you wouldn't find the 'fans' I refer to, reading this article in the first place.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 12 2006

Time: 11:42PM

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Arsenal out played Liverpool all over the park.
auntie joan
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13/11/2006 00:13:00

Well said boss. A great rant, espically for a *****ed bloke. :P
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13/11/2006 00:15:00

Arsenal are the best "footballing" team in the prem.It was embarrassing to see my team unable to cope with them.
auntie joan
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13/11/2006 00:22:00

we love the doubt. i wake up at 3.00 am to watch thierry and crew live and my neighbours absolutely love it.NOT...there is more than 50,000 good fans out there were in the millions.
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13/11/2006 07:27:00

I asked 2 guys why they were leaving early yesterday, before the 3rd goal, and just got a shurg of the shoulders by way of response! Typical. The players will notice the empty seats, but they also notice those who stay. Kolo & Willi both came towars the North end at the end of the game. This appreciation works both ways. Nice to see a new signing endearing himself.
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13/11/2006 08:40:00

good article.. anyways.. this was a quality performance from this side.. good to see henry backtracking and helping the defence.. persie setting ppl up.. we scoring goals from corners.. and literally all 4 of our full backs were very adventurous today.. a simply brilliant performance from this arsenal team.. and make no mistakes.. i still think they can get to the title.. hleb looks very happy with eboue back.. and yeah.. all those ppl who still doubt gilberto.. pls pls have a look at this match again and see what he means to this team..
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13/11/2006 08:44:00

damn you beat me to it, i was going to write exactly the same thing. I have ONE guy in my row, every game now, comes in 5-10 mins after kick off, burger under his chin, drink in hand and hot dog in other, then he buggers off 10 mins before the end, i said to him this week, you'll miss the 4th goal, and he said quote " doesn't matter, i want to beat the traffic ! " what kind of fan is that ? i admit to leaving on full time and not staying for the extra minutes, only because i had my 4yr old with me and being in the top tier he isn't the quickest down the steps. But i wouldn't dream of leaving 10 mins before the end, what a waste when you consider the seats around me are £1800 season tickets. yes people were in their seats well before kick off, and the singing was much improved, but people need to stay till the whistle and also half time needs to be addressed, again with my little one doing his 3rd toilet break, i noticed how many people were still down in the concourse after the game had restarted. to support a team means bums on seats, football is a 90 min game although yesterday was a 97min game !
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13/11/2006 09:20:00

I've said it before, but, yes everybody hates traffic, nobody likes queuing for the tube. But when you go and see your team, these are things that you just put up with. I heard a good anology on the online gooner, how would you feel if you cooked your wife a romantic meal and she spent the whole evening groaning, criticising it and then buggered off to bed before dessert for that extra half an hour's sleep?
Little Dutch
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13/11/2006 09:26:00

a very good article on a topic that most clubs have an issue with..I think you have summed it up in that the so called fans you are talking about will not be reading this or many other articles as they only seem to turn up for whatever reason actually drives them....
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13/11/2006 09:27:00

congrats arsenal gave 110% yesterday, and based on what i was watching from online the fans seemed to be cheering on thier gunners thr whole match. i'd jus like to kno what were some the cheers and songs that everybody was saying, couldn't hear very well. lets go gooners lets go!!
Youngest in Charge
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13/11/2006 09:57:00

Are you lot ever happy!?!?
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13/11/2006 10:08:00

These scenes are really making me wish we still were at Highbury. If you've already sacrificed the money to go to a game, then what the expletive is this time difference going to mean? And with so many of you leaving at the same time, you're STILL going to queue!!
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13/11/2006 10:13:00

Mind you, Steven Gerrard left during the first half, but nobody seems to mind!!!
Little Dutch
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13/11/2006 10:14:00

The mind boogles that you lot can still come up with an excuse to whinge!
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13/11/2006 11:31:00

The mind boggles that you continue to come to a place you are riddiculed and not wanted!! Such is life!
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13/11/2006 11:52:00

I am getting sick of the fans walking out early, it may be ok if you have to catch the last train back, but I'm sure that this wouldn't be a problem to anyone there, as the game finished at 5:45 so there is loads of time. One thing is for sure, I'll never miss the final whistle to cheer the players of even if we lose, and even if I might miss the last train or something, because I'll find another way. I want to see my team play, and anyone who leaves early does not deserve to watch our great team, unless it is definately neccessary that they leave early! Those fair weather fans ***** me off so much!!!
Super Cesc
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13/11/2006 16:42:00

I wonder how many of these fans leaving early are those that were at Highbury and how many are new season ticket holders? I would think that if you've waited for years to get a season ticket, you'd want to enjoy the whole experience more.
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13/11/2006 22:00:00

But don't fans leave early because there's nothing to do in London after 5.30pm so they just want to get home? Great win, see it is nice to win ugly with non-glorious goals. Did the pool practice their marking for the third goal at our training ground? Hope nobody had their cars nicked
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13/11/2006 22:21:00

we were 3-0 up, on the attack,pool on the ropes,and i saw a man leading his little boy down the stairs to the exit by his hand with 7 minutes to go,the look on his little face said it all.he looked heart broken.anyway,i like to have a beer with my mates before the game,so i get to my seat about 10 minutes before kickoff,just in time to see the players finishing their warm ups,and hearing the last teams anouncements.heading to the concourse on the whistle and im in my seat just as they come out for the second half,im by the stairwell,last seat on the aisle,so i can go home,or pub on the whistle too,quick clap for the effort then im off,two extra minutes at the end to show my appreciation adds 1 hour to my journey home,that means im not there to see the boys coming over to give me a clap or vice verser,does that make me a lesser supporter?i average 25 away credits a season,and i clap them of the pitch every game,but at home i hate those very early /late comers,cos where i sit i end up spending more time getting out my seat to let this people through,than actually watching the game,plus all those people standing by the stairwell obstructing my view,its well annoying!
fran merida
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13/11/2006 23:59:00

I was fortunate to get my hands on a pair of £100 tickets for the Liverpool game this weekend. I set in the South Stand, where the clock should be, (Upper Tier, Row 24, Seat 950) all the way up with the gods. I was one of the fans that got out of my seat early @ 90 minutes and I know it looked bad to some. But rather than leave the stadium we just shifted from the upper tier and went downstairs to the the better (just emptied) seats on the West stand, where I used to sit at Highbury, so I could be closer to the players as they saluted the crowd as the final whistle. If any of you were there on Sunday on the South stand, firstly I would like to apologise for moving, secondly I have to tell you that I felt proud to be a Gooner as the atmosphere was much better than I experienced when I was at Highbury, I lost my voice as we were singing most of the game - mostly praising Wenger, team and there were some derogatory comments about some S*H*I*T*Y little team down Seven Sisters road.
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14/11/2006 00:01:00


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