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We Need To Take It On The Chin & Be United

We Need To Take It On The Chin & Be United

13 League Championships, 11 Charity Shields, 10 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 1 Fairs Cup and 1 European Cup Winners Cup, it`s safe to say that as a football club our history is illustrious, rich and abundant.

Indeed, in the history of English football there are only 2 other teams more decorated than we, that makes more than 92 teams past and present who would kill to experience the kind of success that makes us one of the best teams to have played the English game.

In my life time alone I`ve witnessed the mighty Gunners lift 5 League tiles, 7 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 1 European Cup Winners cup, 2 League and Cup doubles and an historical 49 game unbeaten run that incorporated an entire season without losing.

As a football fan, I have indeed been blessed, and by extension as do all the reading Gooners (unless of course you`re 7 years old).

So it`s at times like this that we need to remember just how good we`ve had it.

It`s safe to say that at this time in our history things are looking pretty bleak, it seems almost impossible for us to lose a game of go out of a competition without getting utterly embarrassed, we`re getting ragged from pillar to post by the media and other fans, it`s not that pleasant, truth be told.

But are we really at rock bottom? Does our position warrant such bitterness and anger towards our manager, players and indeed each other?

Never in my time as a football fan have I seen Gooners so divided, I`ve rarely witnessed such a split in opinion (though as the games go on that split becomes a lot more one-sided), however it`s not the split that`s concerning, it`s how we Arsenal fans are conducting ourselves that`s the problem.

It appears to me that each football fan has a different level of tolerance, a barometer of how much "failure" they`re willing to accept before enough is enough, and in general Arsenal fans levels have always been quite high. An understanding if you will.

However it seems as though as that high level of acceptance and understanding has caused something to break within the Arsenal fraternity. Gone have the levels of acceptance, replaced instead by bile and resentment, a sense of entitlement, perhaps instilled into some fans after years of success.

There has been a phrase that has been around as long as I`ve been an Arsenal fan it seems, "The Arsenal way". It goes along the lines that as a club we do things the right way, with class and tradition, and with respect wherever possible.

Our fans, despite our perceived lack of vocal support at home (which only ever seems to be picked up on when we play West Brom or someone, whilst other teams are lauded for their fantastic support when they play Real Madrid, funny that eh?) we have always had great fans, our away support is second to none, we carry ourselves great wit and banter, we do things the Arsenal way.

However the longer our trophy drought continues the more Arsenal fans seem to be turning to bile and hatred.

Arsene Wenger is clearly having a tough time right now, and it could possibly be that he has taken us as far as he can, it might be time for a change, but has he not earned the right to a bit of dignity and respect? Wenger has given Arsenal fans the greatest period in the clubs history, and no, that shouldn`t be enough to entitle him to unwavering support, he should be held accountable, but surely it`s enough for him to be treated in … well … "The Arsenal way".

Players who have been great for Arsenal football club, or have acted in a way that made them a fan's favourite have always spoken about what it meant to them to be an Arsenal player, many players regretting their decision to leave The Gunners, but almost all of them falling in love with the way we do things.

However the club is in danger now, not only of not qualifying for the Champions League, but of becoming a place where no player will want to play.

So yes, we need a shake up right now, and I couldn`t argue against a change in management, we should always be looking to improve, but let`s make ourselves heard with a bit of class, style and respect.

We`ve had banter with so many people for the lengthy time that we've spent at the top, that it`s time to take it on the chin and swallow that bitter pill. If we`re united as a fan base and do things The Arsenal way, show respect to each other, then the path back to the top will be a lot less rocky than it is now.

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

Date:Thursday February 16 2012
Time: 7:41PM


Note to Spurs fans: You've had more than your say on the Team News article and are free to continute dishing it out (within reason), god knows all those years in our shadow, you've earned it, but a continuation of that here will be treated as spam and deleted. Please don't waste your, and more importantly, my, time.
16/02/2012 19:45:00
Up the Arse!
16/02/2012 20:08:00
As a side note I've just noticed Joe Pesci from Home Alone in this article photo.
16/02/2012 20:27:00
Bad result yesterday we are now looking forward to saturday's game v sunderland! We will do everything we can to bring the FA Cup home! Thanks for all your support especially the ones who travelled to milan to support us u were great we all appreciate it! Robin van Persie -- Thanks for that skip! Lets move on.
16/02/2012 20:32:00
whatever, I'm a spurs fan (So what? I'm bored), but I like this article and it makes some interesting points, namely about the Arsenal Way. Up until the Americans took over on Merseyside it can be argued that 'the Liverpool Way' existed too, but dropping out of English football's elite was a bitter pill for the fans and the club to swallow, and they seem somewhat tarnished these days. As you grow older, you realise that while you don't have to like somebody, to not show them the respect they deserve is just plain stupid, and this is how I feel about your club. I believe you are at the end of an era, but the 'Arsenal way' will live on and ensure you retain your dignity as fans, and importantly make sure you don't do a Leeds. Bring on the 26th!!
16/02/2012 21:14:00
Nice article Rocky and I mostly agree, but the club has had an awful dialogue with the fans, a deliberate lack of communication and a childish pretence about our situation, treating fans like fools. There is a feeling that our club has been taken hostage and forced into a direction which we don't like but nevertheless is funded by us. Is the club willing to be the better man, take the lead and make the first move into grown up, honest discussions? Nope. That's where I think a lot of the anger comes from. In all areas, this club has shown zero leadership, meandering along into some vague self sustained, contradicting, self inflicted decline.
Professor Calculus
16/02/2012 21:54:00
The club needs to do many steps. Starting with reducing the ******** ticket prices. Fact is that Wenger works on a shoestring budget. Despite what idiots like Gazidis says. Kroenke is known to run a sustainable business - not making winning teams. Look at his franchises in the US. Heres here for the money. Look at the way, we are rushing to make the club debt free despite the fact that we can afford to be in debt longer but spend more cash now. For me the real question is, why does Wenger carry on when he clearly doesnt have the funds the board says he has. Remember what he said last month.. He needs to make a profit of 15-20 mi every season..
16/02/2012 22:22:00
WTF did i just type there.. Never mind. Note to self. ******** proof read.
16/02/2012 22:33:00
Reasoned article, in the ebb and flow of football it appears your tibe is well on the way to being out. However one shining like at the end of the tunnel is the FFP rules. We over on vital Spurs have been kidding ourselves that this will level the playing field versus the big cheque books of the league. And ye would appear to be in an even better position - financially (of course). The main concern I would have for Arsenal is the lack of youth talent coming through the ranks. This is shocking considering that in Wengers hay-day he could field cup winning teams from your reserve squad. What has gone wrong? Surely this can't be blamed on a lack on big money spending? Where have your youth scouts gone? Or has Wenger lost interest in another long term project. As a spurs fan I admit to a enjoying arsenal stumble but the prospect of it becoming a long term slide just at the moment in time when our club is on the rise would dilute the enjoyment for me. Equally matched rivals squaring off is always more enjoyable then all or nothing battles with underdogs (as I'm sure you'll all agree). Has Wengers time passed, will a new manager solve all your woes or is it a deeper crisis?
Slurms McKenzie
16/02/2012 23:46:00
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