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So Many Arsenal Sites: Surely They're Not All Bad?

So Many Arsenal Sites: Surely They're Not All Bad?

The Internet is a wonderful tool, it allows you learn about pretty much everything, to keep in contact with relatives on the other side of the globe, to balance the bank account, to share pornography and houses wonderful sites such as the Vital network.

However, as with all things, this has a price to pay. With Internet access pretty much common place in almost every household in the Western world, it means that the Internet nows offers, anybody who wants one, a voice, and whilst some put this voice to good use, others do not.

Summer can be a frustrating period at the best of times, but as an Arsenal fan, this has become excruciating, it's probably best to curl up and hibernate. Things however get infinitely worse when you are treated to the mad ramblings of Internet warriors and sites who are just in it for the hits.

Whining about a 1-1 draw in the second pre-season friendly of the season, misleading article titles followed with some highly annoying catch phrase, slating extremely young players and ridiculous claims about our manager's ability to lead are club forward are just some of the delights we've been treated to in the past day or two (all summer really).

The sad thing is, that whilst all this is going on, genuine Arsenal blogs written by genuine Arsenal fans are missing out, and whilst I like to think that the majority of Gooners are sensible enough to avoid these sites I know that many people's eyes are drawn to the more spectacular headline whilst the good honest hard working blogger is left alone.

Far be it for me to divert fans away from Vital Arsenal, but sites like Goonerholic, Goodplaya, East Lower, A Cultured Left Foot and Arseblog (not that he needs any advertisement), along with us of course, need to be the links that you click, because I can assure you they can bring you the gossip just as quickly (and definitely more accurately) than the unmentioned. It's these guys that we need to be supporting, proper Arsenal fans.

Vital Arsenal is no angel, our halo does slip from time to time, but we have lived and learned from our past mistakes, and as we approach the end of our third year I like to think I have assembled a fine writing team that is not only objective, well structured and from the opinion of true Arsenal fans, but it's also bloody funny to boot. My own writing skills may leave something to be desired compared to Tim Stillman and company, but hey, you don't expect Arsene Wenger to lace up and lash home a 25 yarder every Saturday do you? ;)


For those of you struggling to trawl through newsnow these days, here's a reminder of the link created by Rocky (nice name) over at Arseblog that filters all the crap of the NN feed. Click Here

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday July 23 2008
Time: 11:32AM


Well said. I really want to name the nameless but its an advert to be honest.
23/07/2008 11:47:00
Gooner Talk's good as well. But yes, the others shall remain nameless.
23/07/2008 11:53:00
Exactly Tom! Though everyone knows who they are anyway. It's best we focus on the really good Arsenal sites out there!!
23/07/2008 11:54:00
There are plenty of fans that buy into that stuff though. Reading through the comments section even on some of the decent sites and you'll find those that do really think that unless we win back to back to back PL & CL titles the world really is coming to an end. Those that maintain the quality of their game and stay true to the principle of a decent balance will survive and prosper over the longer run though. Bit like the club itself in many ways.
23/07/2008 12:07:00
Agreed 100%. Exactly how I felt yesterday seeing some of those idiotic and incredibly unfair headlines - didn't bother to read the content. I like to think it's just the minority who read that D&G, attention-seeking stuff. But like Amos said, I'm not sure about that. Why don't those people just get a job at the Sun or something instead?!
Lou the Gunneress
23/07/2008 12:25:00
Some fans put their supposed honesty and realism before supporting the club. Like them being honest and realistic makes them better fans than us AKB's.
23/07/2008 12:33:00
They may be what appears to them like they are being honest, but it's all been distorted, that or they have very little knowledge of football and how it works. Too many people think you can just get rid of a player for £25M pounds, bring in a replacement and everything is hunk dory ...... there is so much fantasy ***** going on out there. Championship Manager has a lot to answer for!
23/07/2008 12:43:00
Yeah, my G.C.S.E. grades for one ;-)
23/07/2008 12:49:00
Seriously though without wanting to sound criticial i think it's stating the obvious, you can easily sift through the **** on the comments section (on Vital i'm talking about) and after a while you see who's comments are actually worth reading - there's a lot of people out there who know more than Arsene yet have never even been to a game.
23/07/2008 12:53:00
The online Arsenal is probably the best Arsenal site on the net least you can have a decent debate on there.
23/07/2008 12:55:00
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