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Arsenal - We're Still Drawing The Fans

Arsenal - We're Still Drawing The Fans

Following the League Cup victory over Shrewsbury a little over a week ago there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the press regarding the empty seats at Ashburton Grove.

Completely ignoring the fact that this was a League Cup tie against lower league opposition (and that Manchester United often have attendances of 55,000 for these types of matches, or Spurs and Man City`s inability to sell out Champions League matches), they claimed the end was nigh and that Wenger`s incompetence had led to all Arsenal fans completely abandoning the club.

Truth be told, 44,000+ is a good crowd for a match of this magnitude, and despite our poor form and lack of success recently, we still do draw the crowds and bring in new fans.

I had a nice timely reminder of this fact this morning.

As the sun is shining brilliantly for the third day running, shorts and Arsenal shirt were donned to take my little Gooner to school. Still knackered from Daddy letting him stay up for the first half.

Usually getting on to school grounds you see a plethora of Manchester United, City and Chelsea bags/hats/coats, and today was no different.

What was different however was the small group of boys, who upon noticing the tubby father in his resplendent red and white, ran over to start chanting "come on Arsenal", and asking questions about the best Arsenal player.

It was a simple, every day occurrence I guess that happens in playgrounds all over the country, but it was one that brought a smile to my face.

Not only due to the fact that I was in the company of small Gooners when I live hundreds of miles away from N5, but also because these boys were around 6 years old.

Now I`m not sure you`ve been told (this morning), but I hear on the grape vine that it`s 6 years since Arsenal last won a trophy. Now I did hear this from all the red tops, so I better check the fact, but if this is true, these young lads, so happy to see an Arsenal shirt, have never seen the mighty Gunners win a trophy, but their enthusiasm was as unmatched as one could imagine.

Whether the influence for becoming Arsenal fans was through their dads (or mums), older brothers, or just sheer rebellion, I don`t know, but this simple encounter left me feeling positive about our clubs future.

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Date:Thursday September 29 2011
Time: 9:23AM


at my school we had a 'special' class just for them.
29/09/2011 10:06:00
You mean the "special" class where the kids learn to read and write and learn that stealing and setting fire to thinks is wrong?
29/09/2011 10:29:00
As you are in China I gather you weren't one of the spuddy supporting scumbags that kicked off the riots then? Gather that probably means our fans actually went to school where as yours just look forwards to their first welfare cheque.
29/09/2011 10:38:00
Tut Tut London gooner, Rocky like you I wear my shirt with pride No 23 and Its Lilywhite mate, true North London. I wish you well in Europe but come Sunday I predict a massacre. Spurs double figures - Woolwich as5esna1 zip. Give your kid a break man show him the future. Its THFC, can't see you being relegated but damn close. COYS
29/09/2011 10:47:00
hotspur58, enough with the dutch courage. Put down the bottle.
29/09/2011 11:38:00
lol I think the title should have read 'A rare sighting'... Kids wearing Le Ars shirts could be subject to horrible abuse these days! There is no need to joke about the matter yidinchina... Just a quick question Rocky 7 are u sure it was a bunch of kids and not some of your 1st team players???
29/09/2011 11:49:00
hotspur - I'm hoping my boy won't be a pensioner the first time he gets to see Arsenal win the league. Unlike most of your fans. still counting though eh!
29/09/2011 11:51:00
Why do the spuds always fall into the same trap and write Arsenal off? You would have thought that they'd learned my now....
29/09/2011 11:52:00
Armory is that a trick question?
29/09/2011 12:00:00
hotspur58 - tut, tut? What is that supposed to mean, are you a kangaroo? Just because your clubs deprived s***hole of an area decided to kick it all off because some lowlife got perforated doesn't mean it cannot be talked about? We have a nice thread starting and then some spud supporting c*** decides to be a prize idiot and what do you know, it must be something in the air because even more arrive. How predictable and dull can you all get? is it because you are all bored on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings now?
29/09/2011 12:09:00
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