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