By Walter Broeckx
This week we had another “twitter takeover” from Arsenal. And one question got my attention and the response also was a very important one.
The question was asked by Anthony Field @antfield10 and was: how does the crowd moaning at you affect your confidence. The question was asked at Andrey Arshavin.
I think the question asked by Anthony Field will have been a result from the crowd booing when he came on as a substitute against Manchester United and replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain. Now of course people can claim all they want that the booing was not aimed at Arshavin but at Wenger for his substitution. And some who booed said that they had every right to boo because they pay their money and blah blah blah….
Of course when you pay your money you can express yourself in any way you want as long as you stay within the laws of the country. I am a full advocate of the freedom of speech so I really have not problem with people who express themselves.
But when you are an Arsenal supporter in the Emirates you can go for the: “I have paid so you entertain me and if I see something I don’t like from my team: I will boo you”
I have always said that this was not what a supporter should do. You can be unhappy about the game, about a player. But if you want the club and the team to do well you must do your best to support the whole team and every player on and off the pitch.
Later in the pub, on the bus, on the underground you can say what you want about each player and how bad they are, were and never will be any good at all. If that makes you feel better, go ahead. But please don’t do it during a game. I have said it before and I will repeat it again: not during a game.
Because this is what Andrey Arsehavin answered: “The crowd has influence on any player and I am no exception”.
So for those who can’t understand it: Your booing has a bad influence on the players!
It is absolutely vital that all our supporters try to understand that and let it sink through their brains so they can reach the conclusion: If I want my team to do well, I got to support them. Even when I think the manager makes a mistake, even when I think a player has been shit, even when I think the player going off should have stayed on. We don’t know why some substitutions are made and we don’t know how they will affect the game.
But what we do know thanks to Arshavin, is that when you boo against our own team it has a bad affect on the team. When the team feels that the supporters turn against them the team will suffer.
And if you are a real and true supporter the only thing you want at the end of the game is to get a good result. The players on the field are responsible for this for the largest part of course. But is you, me and all the others in the stand who also have our own responsibility. We ought to support the team no matter what and no matter what happens. Turning against the team will not help them as Arshavin tells us.
So once again I plea to all our Gooners to support our players and our club and our whole team on and off the field during a game. After the game you can express your grief. You can come on here if you really feel the need to, (but there are other websites where you feel happier maybe when it comes to being unhappy) and tell what you felt went wrong. Or how it should have been done. If possible in a positive way and not turning in to calling names of our own players (to do that go to other sites).
Thanks to this twitter take over and the great and smart question asked by Anthony Field I got confirmation on how booing your own players or team has a bad influence on the team. Keep this in mind next time you go to a game. And just as the players give your 200% to support them and our colours. Like I said the players on the field have to do the job but by supporting them you will help them.
And don’t we all want our Arsenal to have a good result in the games? So, just support. Leave the moaning and booing for another moment in time.
Andrey says: “The crowd has influence on any player and I am no exception” #TwitterTakeover