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Sing Up, For The Arse-a-nal

As the mighty Gunners embark on a journey of massive matches over the next six days, the first of which being the second leg of the Champions League quarter final against Villarreal at the Grove tonight, Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger says he's convinced the supporting Gooners can play their parts.

Arsenal fans haven't covered themselves in glory this season (sections of the home support at least), seemingly booing our own just as much as they cheer them, but tonight marks a series of epics games coming up for us, and Le Prof believes in we Gooners to make ourselves heard.

'I would want an intimidating atmosphere and I count on our supporters to be strongly behind the team in a fair way. England has a reputation abroad that the fans really have a strong voice behind the team. I am convinced our fans will do that tonight.' said Arsene

As Arsenal fans we are used to being labelled quiet, and that our stadiums are libraries, and, in all honesty, this sometimes is right on the money (as it is with most stadiums truth be told) but we also know how to raise the roof, I've heard it, I've witnessed it first hand.

We've put Tottenham, United, Liverpool and Chelsea fans to shame, we sang so loudly against Real Madrid that my ears rang for days, so lets do the same tonight, let's jeer every decision that doesn't go our way, lets boo every touch from a Villarreal player, but most importantly, let get right behind our boys and cheer ourselves through to the semi finals of the Champions League.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 15 2009

Time: 10:20AM

Your Comments

A call to arms! Let's scare the living daylights out of them!
Amos.
A call to arms! Let's scare the living daylights out of them!
Amos.
I've always found (from the comfort of my armchair at least) that the Spainish crowds aren't very boisterous to be honest. When they do chant (or cheer a goal) it does sound slightly more meanacing than here in England (possibly down to the language rather than the actual cheering??) but on the whole their stadiums seem pretty quite to me. A hostile atmosphere from start to finish tonight would provide us with an edge I feel.
Rocky7
I've always found (from the comfort of my armchair at least) that the Spainish crowds aren't very boisterous to be honest. When they do chant (or cheer a goal) it does sound slightly more meanacing than here in England (possibly down to the language rather than the actual cheering??) but on the whole their stadiums seem pretty quite to me. A hostile atmosphere from start to finish tonight would provide us with an edge I feel.
Rocky7
Part of the reason the atmosphere is more subdued in Spain is because they don't tend to get many travelling supporters. It's not in their culture to go to away matches, for instance, when Barca play Madrid in the Bernabeu, Barca only tend to take around 300 fans. They're more of the attitude that the team has to get them excited and not vice versa, that's very muhc creeping in in England nowadays, but I think tonight will be different. Tight evening cup games have always been a recipe for good atmosphere at Arsenal, I think Wenger will get his wish tonight.
Little Dutch
Part of the reason the atmosphere is more subdued in Spain is because they don't tend to get many travelling supporters. It's not in their culture to go to away matches, for instance, when Barca play Madrid in the Bernabeu, Barca only tend to take around 300 fans. They're more of the attitude that the team has to get them excited and not vice versa, that's very muhc creeping in in England nowadays, but I think tonight will be different. Tight evening cup games have always been a recipe for good atmosphere at Arsenal, I think Wenger will get his wish tonight.
Little Dutch
I think it is the duty of both the team AND the fans to get each other going. There is only so much shouting for the team you can do when losing football is constantly being played from a team whose supporters are used to success and champagne football. Many younger gooners have been spoilt by Wenger's teams over the last 13 years. Some of us who are a little *cough* older can remember some pityful football, although still winning, to a certain extent. The Grove will be rocking tonight, we'll i'll be having a scream up anyway!
LondonGooner
I think it is the duty of both the team AND the fans to get each other going. There is only so much shouting for the team you can do when losing football is constantly being played from a team whose supporters are used to success and champagne football. Many younger gooners have been spoilt by Wenger's teams over the last 13 years. Some of us who are a little *cough* older can remember some pityful football, although still winning, to a certain extent. The Grove will be rocking tonight, we'll i'll be having a scream up anyway!
LondonGooner
I watched the 1st leg at a bar in Dubai and the Gooners their almost brought the roof down when we equalised and with every Porto goal. I cannot understand why those of you fortunate enough to live in England and be at the Grove would prefer to either turn it into a library or boo the players when mistakes are made. Please realise that some of us would consider it a privilege to enter the hallowed temple of football that is the Grove. C'mon you gooners!!
deledudu
I watched the 1st leg at a bar in Dubai and the Gooners their almost brought the roof down when we equalised and with every Porto goal. I cannot understand why those of you fortunate enough to live in England and be at the Grove would prefer to either turn it into a library or boo the players when mistakes are made. Please realise that some of us would consider it a privilege to enter the hallowed temple of football that is the Grove. C'mon you gooners!!
deledudu
Don't believe everything you read and hear deledudu, it isn't always as quiet as people make out. Sometimes it could beb etter but other occasions gooners can bring the roof down.
LondonGooner
Don't believe everything you read and hear deledudu, it isn't always as quiet as people make out. Sometimes it could beb etter but other occasions gooners can bring the roof down.
LondonGooner
You better bring the roof down then! LG, my comment is not based on anything read in your legendarily reliable press, the impression was formed from reading comments posted here and Wenger,s many remonstrations on the official site. The guys in Dubai were unbelievable, they were hardcore fans, the likes of whom I hope will populate the Grove tonight. Now lets go kick some arse! C'mon you gooners!
deledudu
You better bring the roof down then! LG, my comment is not based on anything read in your legendarily reliable press, the impression was formed from reading comments posted here and Wenger,s many remonstrations on the official site. The guys in Dubai were unbelievable, they were hardcore fans, the likes of whom I hope will populate the Grove tonight. Now lets go kick some arse! C'mon you gooners!
deledudu
Maybe people take going to games for granted? Has the corporate element lowered the levels of fan noise? Im sure there are many reasons, although I am also sure if you filled the stadium with "Grove virgins" who were mad Arsenal fans they would be louder at first, but again, maybe that would die down. Hard to explain, but it isn't always as quiet as made out to be or Spurs fans would have you believe fella!
LondonGooner
Maybe people take going to games for granted? Has the corporate element lowered the levels of fan noise? Im sure there are many reasons, although I am also sure if you filled the stadium with "Grove virgins" who were mad Arsenal fans they would be louder at first, but again, maybe that would die down. Hard to explain, but it isn't always as quiet as made out to be or Spurs fans would have you believe fella!
LondonGooner
It's like anything in life really, you're inevitably going to get a little blasé when you go every week, I know in my heart of hearts that I do- it's just natural. If I was having wild four ways with selected members of Girls Aloud every single night for years on end, I would inevitably get blasé about that too. That's why the Carling Cup games usually boast better atmospheres, because largely people who don't often get the chance get a ticket. But games like tonight certainly don't come around very often and I'm sure that will be replicated in the atmosphere.
Little Dutch
It's like anything in life really, you're inevitably going to get a little blasé when you go every week, I know in my heart of hearts that I do- it's just natural. If I was having wild four ways with selected members of Girls Aloud every single night for years on end, I would inevitably get blasé about that too. That's why the Carling Cup games usually boast better atmospheres, because largely people who don't often get the chance get a ticket. But games like tonight certainly don't come around very often and I'm sure that will be replicated in the atmosphere.
Little Dutch
I've got no doubts that tonight will be rocking. We might not be the loudest in the world, but important European games just rouse something inside Arsenal fans ...... maybe because it's our holy grail.
Rocky7
I've got no doubts that tonight will be rocking. We might not be the loudest in the world, but important European games just rouse something inside Arsenal fans ...... maybe because it's our holy grail.
Rocky7
You need big nights at a new stadium to make it really feel like home and make it a fortress. This will be one of the first big games where it really matters to go with the PSV match. Although we have played Liverpool & AC Milan they have been first leg encounters. Lets get a result tonight so we can bring back Porto or Man United to the Grove for a chance to get to the CL final.
paul_ownz
You need big nights at a new stadium to make it really feel like home and make it a fortress. This will be one of the first big games where it really matters to go with the PSV match. Although we have played Liverpool & AC Milan they have been first leg encounters. Lets get a result tonight so we can bring back Porto or Man United to the Grove for a chance to get to the CL final.
paul_ownz
I think the atmosphere tonight will be Red HOT, us Fans love the European nights. COME ON ARSENAL!!!
hackneyval
I think the atmosphere tonight will be Red HOT, us Fans love the European nights. COME ON ARSENAL!!!
hackneyval
Classy finish by Walcott
Tiny T
Classy finish by Walcott
Tiny T
I don't understand why with 4 mins left in our best European win in the new stadium, the stands at the Emirates are empty. Why? Do you really have something that important to do that makes you leave early?
gunnerkid107
I don't understand why with 4 mins left in our best European win in the new stadium, the stands at the Emirates are empty. Why? Do you really have something that important to do that makes you leave early?
gunnerkid107
Hats off to the home crowd tonight - great atmosphere, very well done ladies and gentlemen! Loved that big banner from REDaction too. We're turning the Grove into a fortress in the CL - 6th consecutive clean sheets at home in this campaign thus far. In fact we've stayed unbeaten since the move to the Grove, fantastic record!
GoonerLou
Hats off to the home crowd tonight - great atmosphere, very well done ladies and gentlemen! Loved that big banner from REDaction too. We're turning the Grove into a fortress in the CL - 6th consecutive clean sheets at home in this campaign thus far. In fact we've stayed unbeaten since the move to the Grove, fantastic record!
GoonerLou
I too loved the Big Banner from REDaction, the atmosphere was GREAT, I've just got back and I'm still buzzing!
hackneyval
I too loved the Big Banner from REDaction, the atmosphere was GREAT, I've just got back and I'm still buzzing!
hackneyval
What did the big banner from REDaction say?
Gooner_Vin
What did the big banner from REDaction say?
Gooner_Vin
Here it is Vin - Rocky gave us a sneak preview earlier: http://www.arsenal.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=10541&posts=4
GoonerLou
Here it is Vin - Rocky gave us a sneak preview earlier: http://www.arsenal.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=10541&posts=4
GoonerLou
Cheers Lou, its great!
Gooner_Vin
Cheers Lou, its great!
Gooner_Vin
GK - to be honest I can understand it on week nights, the public transport system is shocking. I never leave before the final whistle but understand why people do in the CL games, especially when we're 4-1 up ........ that said it happens at the 3pm'ers too ..... which is completely baffling.
Rocky7
GK - to be honest I can understand it on week nights, the public transport system is shocking. I never leave before the final whistle but understand why people do in the CL games, especially when we're 4-1 up ........ that said it happens at the 3pm'ers too ..... which is completely baffling.
Rocky7
I have no voice left this morning...............
LondonGooner
I have no voice left this morning...............
LondonGooner
 

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