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Proud Of Arsenal Football Club

It`s fair to say that the last few years have been a difficult time to be an Arsenal fan.

That`s not to say we should be complaining too much, there are 80 odd other sets of fans in England who would give their right arm to be in our position, however we`ve been spoiled under Arsene Wenger, and to go back to fried eggs after dining on caviar for so long is a little hard to palate.

It`s not only the on field problems that have been painful to watch, but also the plethora of top players streaming out our club on an annual basis. Last summer in particular was heart wrenching. Arguably over the past few years, when losing these players there have been pros as well as cons to their departures, but losing Cesc Fabregas in the summer was only con. But despite that, we still finished the season in a better position than in previous years.

At our worst this season we were very very bad, bad enough for me to question the position of our illustrious manager. However I don`t mind admitting to the fact that I may have erred.

Don`t get me wrong, Arsene Wenger can be one of the most infuriating people in football, a fact I`m sure the great man himself can attest to, however his model and his vision for Arsenal Football Club is something to be proud of.

On the surface of it, continually losing our best players over the course of five years, not having won any silverware in seven years and generally collapsing at the first sign of pressure is absolutely nothing to be proud of. But if we pan out to see the big picture (it might take a little more panning for some Gooners than others) what we have here is something not only to be proud of, but something to celebrate.

There has been a call from some sections of the Arsenal community for a sugar daddy of our own, the events of the last two weeks an apparent proof that we need a cash injection in order to succeed. A cash injection that we have done nothing to earn? I just can`t buy into that.

As a parent I try to teach my son on a daily basis that whatever he does in life he must give his absolute all, try his best every time he steps on to the metaphorical field of play. Your best is always good enough. Coming third in a 100M race when the other competitors are getting a lift on the back of a motorbike is no mean feat.

I know there will be Gooners out there who disagree with me when I say winning isn`t everything, but that`s just my philosophy on life, everybody has their own way of thinking. But if you can keep your integrity when the whole world is screaming for you to change your ways, then that is something I can truly respect.

Arsenal Football Club isn`t whiter than white, we screw up just like everybody else, we do have our problems, but I`m proud of the fact that we try to do things that we perceive is the right and fair way. Maybe there are better ways to achieve what we want to achieve, maybe there aren`t, but if we keep along this path of trying to get to the top without compromising our philosophies than I`ll always be proud of this club.

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

Date:Sunday May 20 2012
Time: 12:37PM


It's almost unbelievable how well you guys have done despite your circumstances. Just curious how you guys would feel for next season if you were told RVP was leaving
20/05/2012 12:58:00
I don't agree with all of this, Rocky7, but I totally agree that what makes us different and special is that we at least aspire to ideals of behaviour and style of play - we take steps to achieve equality and diversity. We take seriously our responsibilities to help youngsters in the local community and all over the world. That is inspiring to people everywhere.
20/05/2012 12:59:00
Wenger did not spoil us. I loved arsenal when we went in trying to win everything and anything. I hate winning nothing. As fans we get no money from the club so why should I celebrate finishing anywhere other than 1st. For ages we stay here watching other teams celebrate and our best player that we worship leaving. Man I am fed up. Wenger has to realize we will not remember this in 10 years time.
20/05/2012 13:03:00
When we were winning things the league was a level playing field. Only Manchester United were equal to our level of excellence. It took two obscenely rich men spending disgusting amounts of money to usurp the spoils of football. If you believe that Arsene Wenger never spoiled us then I would have to assume that you've only known Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.
20/05/2012 13:12:00
Trust me I know how life was then but still looked forward to the fact that everything matters. Now I pay so much to watch arsenal and my rewards for spending money is getting to a competition that we get rid if our best players to play in. I just want us to have a strong stance on players and just try to compete for as much as possible. This top 4 stuff is just getting on my nerves.
20/05/2012 13:34:00
You mean you're as chuffed as me to see us get beaten in the quarters next year? Big companies embrace change, we simply fear it. Come on Arsenal sort out our squad before pre season, PLEASE. If you're gonna sell Van Persie, get yer fecking replacements in before he goes.
20/05/2012 13:37:00
wenger is a good manager, scout & economist but not a good tactician. sometimes i just hope we can stop playing beautiful football and start winning something even if we need to play those di matteo's football. i would trade our 15 years of cl qualification for a cl title anytime. watching bayern munich losing a game they dominated with style reminded me of us. i would rather be an ugly winner than a beautiful loser
20/05/2012 13:48:00
Sorting out our squad is a different problem entirely. It's nothing to do with the way we're run and the essence of this article. As I say, we're not perfect and Wenger get's on my t**s with the best of them. I don't think it's a case of fearing change, it's keeping our ethics and ensuring the long term future of the club. You've only got to look to Leeds to see what happens when you don't take care of business.
20/05/2012 13:50:00
Leeds didn't have someone worth about 20bn trying to take over, that's fantasy using them and pompey as examples. We've got a silent yank who gives us absolutely nothing, why is he here exactly? His favourite coach, that baseball bloke, who was great at discovering talent, and won absolutely nothing, is worrying, why couldn't he invest in a hedge fund or something? Cos he knows that millions of us mugs will line his pockets, year in, year out.
20/05/2012 14:10:00
Leeds and Pompey are examples of what can happen if you don't take care of your club. Why the f*** should we need to rely on hand outs just because other clubs do it? I'm not comfortable with us begging for money to buy players. If our club can't afford to spend billions on players like City and Chelsea without going cap in hand to someone then we don't deserve the trophies, much like the set of mercenaries who just took the two most prestigeous awards in football. F*** that, have some pride FFS.
20/05/2012 14:18:00
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