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It's Time To Do Our Job, & Support

It's Time To Do Our Job, & Support

Surfing the interweb over the past couple of weeks has been a horrifying experience, the level of support from our fans has faded in what can only be described as Leed United proportions.

It has saddened and even angered me to read the comments of so called supporters of our great team.

The amount of people questioning Arsene's abilities to carry on leading this club forward has been scary, even to the point that I worry whether fan pressure could make his position at the club untenable in the coming years.

Many supporters feel aggrieved that Arsenal have blown a 5 point lead at the top of the table, and despite being tipped by most to finish outside the top four this season, it appears that the clearly visible improvement on the last two seasons is just not enough for some people.

Yes, mistakes have been made by Arsene, mistakes have been made by the players, but the match officials have also cost us points, and even more importantly, many supporters are just as guilty of adding to the woes of our season (a season that isn't over yet).

It speaks volumes when players who don the red and white of our famous club confess to prefer to playing away from home because 'it's less stressful'. To me, that is unacceptable that the place that is supposed to be our fortress, our home, is a place that heaps pressure on our players rather than getting to the other teams. And that is our fault.

To be bitching about the decisions made in the summer and in the January transfer window at this late stage in the day is not pro-active, infact, it's down right stupid. It accomplishes nothing, it's detrimental to our team. The argument that 'I've paid my money, I'll criticise if I want' just does not wash with me. Tickets are a rare commodity at our stadium and if you can't be bothered to help this club to strive to achieve great things, then fuck off, fuck off now. Sell your tickets and give them to someone who is willing to be constructive.

Now is not the time to pile unwanted pressure on the boys, it's a time to stop crying like a load of whinging bitches and get on with the job in hand ....... cheering our beloved Arsenal to victory.

The next 7 days will define our season, it time to live up to our title of supporters, and support.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday April 7 2008
Time: 2:45PM

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paul_ownz
07/04/2008 14:58:00
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Hi all. Long time reader first time poster, and I'd just like to say I could not agree with this more. As the name might suggest, I'm from Australia. I know I'm not the only Australian on this forum, but let me clarify that those of us in this timezone who are fortunate neough to see our games broadcast live are up 'til all hours of the morning watching this great club perform. Last Saturday's game was the first time in 2 seasons I'd heard the team booed off and quite franly that is just appalling. Those of you in the UK hae no idea how fortunate you are to not just see these games at a reasonable hour, but to attend them live! If you're not happy I'll gladly take any seat you don't want to fill, and have several friends who would more than jump at the chance to be there live. It's ridiculous, it's childish and in no way is it going to get you sorry lot of whingers the result you want. Why should those terrific footballers play for you when all you do is be over critical of how perform? Honestly, how good are any of you at your job? Would be alot harder having 60,000 complete fools booing. Am I happy that there's a strong chance we'll finish without an silverware this season? Of course, any supporter would be. However I am thrilled by the effort these players have put in over a grueling season marred by injuries, poor officiating and now terrible home support. Now is the time for true gooners to stanf up and cheer, urge the players on and let them know you're behind them. This is the when we need to really show how much this team means to us and support them, for better or worse
gunnerdownunder
07/04/2008 15:06:00
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sorry, just like to clear that up, whould NOT be happy if we finished trophyless.
gunnerdownunder
07/04/2008 15:08:00
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I suspect the people you complain of are the same people slating Wenger and his whole policy of recruiting and developing youngsters without even attempting to understand the restraints and restrictions of the stadium project before this season, and the one before, started. They didn't get it then and they won't get it now. We have competed more succesfully this season than we did last. If we fall short of picking up a trophy it will be for any number of reasons. The reliance on youth while the finances recover from the stadium outlay, circumstances that have gone against us, and even some poor decisions by Wenger and the players. The last two are part and parcel of a normal season. The first is a 'once in a century event' that we are emerging from very nicely. Supporters don't need to be asked to support - they'll do that anyway - and followers will follow for as long as their demands for a trophy are satisfied.
Amos.
07/04/2008 15:09:00
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Welcome GDU!!!! I must stress that it's not the whole of our support that are guilty of these crimes, and certainly not 60,000 ..... but it's a significant amount for the players to notice it, and that is just not good enough. Take the Chelsea fans, 70 minutes into our game they were booing and chanting "You dont know what you're doing" and just two weeks later they're in with a great chance of winning the league. If you want to criticise, then wait till the end of the season when you know the outcome, wait till you've seen what precautions the gaffer has taken to try an ensure this doesnt happen again ..... doing it now serves no other purpose than to satisfy the strange need of football supporters to feel like they know best
Rocky7
07/04/2008 15:12:00
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I actually agree there Amos - There are two different sorts of people go into our stadium, and your words "supporters" and "followers" sum it up pretty nicely!!!
Rocky7
07/04/2008 15:16:00
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Very nicely put, 'followers'. Wish I'd thought of that. Not in one of my more creative moods as the name might suggest. I just struggle to understand why people who complain of paying then not etting the show they expect feel the need to boo. Emotions run high and it's a fantastic game to follow. To borrow a very worn out and clichy expression (there we go, making puns again haha) 'every cloud has a silver lining. 10 months ago we were supposed to be dead and buried. We're still in with a good shout to make Champions league semifinals and a faint but very real chance to win the league. It's time to lift
gunnerdownunder
07/04/2008 15:30:00
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With regards to the support inside the stadium, I absolutely concur with the sentiments of the article. Of course booing is childish and counter productive. I suspoect most of the people who do it are the ones who can't even be arsed to sit through it for ninety minutes. I was having this very discussion with people I sit with this morning and the only positive thing to glean from the booing on Saturday was that at the final whistle the team were applauded, so hopefully they recognise that a second half improvement was acknowledged. Whilst in the stadium we should all do our level best to lift the team and not scream like spoilt brats when a pass goes astray or shout "shoot" when Clichy is forty yards from goal on his right foot with a wall of players in front of him. Booing the players was entirely unnecessary on Saturday, they tried their best, but it was a shadow side playing an unfamiliar formation, I was astounded the manager thought it could work in truth. But, it is not incorrect to criticise the manager if he makes mistakes. That's part of the job one has to accept and I'm sure Wenger does. In the bigger picture we have seen a massive improvement this season and if you offered me a single other manager in world football I wouldn't be interested. It is my honest belief that we have the finest manager on the planet. However, I question why he didn't strengthen the squad in Janaury as he clearly does not believe we are capable of sustaining a tilt at more than one trophy. In January we were in all four competitions so he must have recognised that the schedule would get demanding. I'm upset about the team selection on Saturday because the manager told everyone we wouldn't give up on the title and in my eyes he did. I think that's a fair criticism and I think I'm entitled to say it. That's not me suggesting I could do the job any better, the same why I criticise the Prime Minister, but I wouldn't volunteer to step into his post! In the interest of balance, and as cold as it sounds, it's also worth pointing out that, had I bought my seat on an individual basis for Saturday, it would have cost me £94. To pay a pound a minute to watch the reserves is a bit of a liberty (though I won't complain about it myself, because Wenger could have announced he would be turning out John Jensen and Jimmy Carter and I still would have gone along). Now I know Wenger has to do what's in the interests of the team and if he felt leaving out a lot of players was the way to go then fair play, I don't agree but I accept it. But I can understand how people can be upset about that. Personally, that's not the source of my chargrin, I willingly travel the country watching the CC kids play anyway and very much enjoy doing so. But I don't think it's incorrect to use a forum to complain about the team or manager, a great deal of the criticism is OTT and reactionary and the product of people who use Sky Sports where their brain should be. But, people have a right to express that dissatisfaction. I hope when I come to do my match report on Wednesday morning that I can tell you I was wrong, but I really think AW has jeopardised our chances on Tuesday with this game by putting even more pressure on it. I admit willingly I'm there to be shot at and you can fill this forum with "you were wrong, Arsene Knows" if we get the result. However, in keeping with the article, one thing I can tell you is if we do lose on Tuesday, I won't be standing in the Anfield Road End calling for the manager's head or booing. But, if we win nothing this season having been in such a strong position to do so in February, the manager will have to hold his hands up and say, "my bad."
Little Dutch
07/04/2008 15:35:00
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Off topic, I'd just like to say I'm a big fan of the work done here at Vital Arsenal. Always great to read up on all the comings and goings on inside the club from sincere and genuine Arsenal supporters. And LD, please don't make me wait so long for your next article. Always a good read haha
gunnerdownunder
07/04/2008 16:11:00
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I was at the game on Saturday and whilst the booing wasn't a good response, its funny how some people felt like doing so. It's obviously borne from frustration that having had our expectation levels heightened, its so hard to see the team struggling as they did in the first half. I disagree with you on one point LD. I don't think if we picked our strongest side, we'd have been guaranteed to win this game. Arsene had to play a balancing act for these next 3 games and take calculated risks. They obviously didn't pay off on Saturday. As for our season, we don't have a divine right to win trophies.
Gooner_Vin
07/04/2008 16:32:00
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