Those who follow me on Twitter will know that, in between acting childish and laying traps for idiots, I occasionally make a few good points about football. Last night was one of those rare occasions. Following our transfer-window ‘activity’, I was set off into a 40-tweet rant by what I can only describe as a waste of time post by the AST, which, to me, appeared to be purely there to antagonise and to capitalise on a particularly sensitive time for many confused Arsenal fans. I thought about writing that up into a proper article, but I felt it was better to just lay those tweets out for you to see the raw emotion. This is where I think we find ourselves at this moment in time. Enjoy:
The AST just need to shut up. That statement said nothing at all. Wonder how many members actually think it's helpful.
I love Wenger, but I understand most of the criticism. I just think we should be careful to jump to conclusions. Nobody knows the truth.
Wenger makes mistakes, but there's no outstanding candidate to replace him now Pep's off to Bayern. And there's nobody I'd rather have.
Wenger still has a pull that means players want to come to Arsenal to play under him. His sides consistently outperform their potential.
People who don't think Wenger gets players to outperform should look at Song, Hleb, Flamini, Nasri etc once they left.
Yes, his transfer dealings have been questionable for a few years, but we don't know the reason why. I don't want anyone else in charge.
Who out there is obviously a better option for the club? Pep isn't an option.
Then you have groups, like the AST, who have no idea what they want. Their mixed messages and empty statements are nothing but irritating.
Are Stan Kroenke, Gazidis, Law or Wenger responsible for Sagna falling over & Vermaelen missing the ball? No. Did they draw with Liverpool?
I don't buy Moyes as a replacement for a second. Worked wonders for Everton. But no track record of winning. Whole different ball game.
There are some managers who have specialised in keeping teams in the league. They've all struggled at achieving anything more.
Moyes has done brilliantly at taking Everton to where they are, but building and managing a title-winning side is another thing altogether.
Klopp? Would Klopp come to Arsenal? Maybe, but I doubt it. And he's probably too mental for our club philosophy, anyway.
I really rate Klopp. In fact he's the only person I'd want to replace Arsene if I had to take someone now. But I just can't see it.
I'm not 'content' with not winning. I know we have money. But are we £50m off City? Doubt it.
To win the league and catch up instantly we'd more likely need to spend £100m+ and then wages on top. Either that, or be patient.
We have fans who don't know what's wrong, so instantly blame the manager, or the board. I'm ok admitting that I don't know what's wrong.
I want us to challenge. I miss us winning things. I really do. But I also accept that, right now, it's a huge ask.
Don't come out and blame Kroenke. He's hardly damaged the club. We'd be the same with or without him.
Gazidis doesn't go anywhere near transfers, so how can he be to blame? Surely some common sense is needed.
Our club makes mistakes, but they get most things right. One Andy Carroll-sized mistake though, and we're no longer competitive on any level.
One bad signing could ruin our club. So those who think we should just spend our way to the top need to think about that.
I'm not championing any cause here. It annoys me to see people blaming anyone and everyone around the club for something beyond our control.
I'm not even saying the Arsenal way is the only way. But we took a course, and we should see it through.
We made the stadium decision etc even before all the billionaire stuff kicked off. Imagine where we'd be without that bold move.
Without Danny Fiszman, we'd probably either be sat in mid-table, or in some serious debt.
If anyone thinks Henry & Vieira had better careers once they left us you're being an idiot.
We have £60m in the bank? We'd just about break even if it wasn't for transfer proceeds. And that £60m can only be spent once.
A £30m player on £100k/wk is £56m over a 5-year contract. Plus bonuses, plus signing on fees. Basically, one top player would eat that £60m.
Our last four transfers have been Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Monreal. Anybody got any complaints?
And it makes me so upset when I think back to 10 years ago. But football is cyclical and this club will be back.
I can understand young'uns who only remember the last 15yrs expecting us to win everything, but those who saw us when we were truly shit...
Players out? Weirdly, the big names leaving have all been one-off exceptions. Clichy aside, whose departure suited both us and him at the time.
RvP was incredible, but he decided to go. Contract-wise, we would've been castigated for giving him a long-term deal in 2011.
Cesc went back to Barca. And that's not all. He went on strike. We got screwed on price because of it.
This season we've tried to switch to a much more dynamic, more mobile style of play. Alex Song would've been the worst player imaginable.
I liked Song. But his time had come. £15m looking like a good deal. And he'd turned into a stroppy one.
A month ago, everyone was killing the club for not giving Sagna a two-year deal. Suddenly everyone's shut up about that. Club aren't stupid.
I'm done for a bit. Going to end by saying let's stop whining and just get behind our team. They're not perfect, but I love them anyway.
And there we were. That is where I see the club as we stand. Not perfect – far from it. But trying to do the right thing and, largely, getting it right. I understand that we all want our club to be the best it can be, and that’s even more frustrating seeing where we were 10 years ago, but things changed faster than they ever have before, or at least since the Premier League came about. I understand that many concerns people have are genuine, and that many are trying to be helpful, but there are also those who complain for the sake of it, or who can’t understand how or why we are in the situation we are currently in, so want to find scapegoats. From where I am – and I think about Arsenal the whole time – I still find it incredibly hard to put my finger on what’s wrong with the club. But I’m ok with that. People who aren’t ok with that – those who choose someone to blame and turn everything round to suit their decision – are turning the club into a toxic place.
The Emirates should be a fortress and yes, I understand that come largely from the players on the pitch. But it also comes from us. Go to a game and it’ll be silent when we’re winning, but the crowd will be on everyone’s backs if we go behind, or if we’re still level at half-time. Turn this around, and look at what it was like watching Chelsea fans boo Torres. When you see a home crowd get on their players back, you start believing. You feel like that home advantage has suddenly been eaten up. WE have to do our bit too. And I don’t buy into the idea that we’ll start chanting when the team play well because a) that doesn’t happen and b) since when is our support for Arsenal conditional?
Protests about the board, about the management and about anything off the pitch should be kept away from the stadium – at least until the end of a game. Imagine playing for your club when the fans have all been on a public march before the game, or when you have 55,000 people waiting for you to make a slight mistake before they start groaning. We need some perspective.
Irrespective of all that, and regardless of our activity (or lack of) in the January window, this is how we are. This is where we are. This is where we will be until May at the very earliest. And we should accept that. So leave your complaints until then. You will have 2 months to get your point across. Stop the stupid, tribal divisions between Arsenal fans. We all want the same thing at the end of the day, even if we have different visions for getting the club there. Let’s just make the most of what we have. We’re not far off 4th. We’re in a much better position that we were during our lowest point of last season, and we’ve seen how fragile both Tottenham and Chelsea are. We could realistically come anywhere from 3rd to 6th.
I know where I want Arsenal to be at the end of the season. And I know there’s one person that I want to see lead us there. You may all disagree with the second part, but I know we all agree on the first. Let’s stop this irrational, toxic bickering and just make the most of this season. It’s not over yet.
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