By Tony Attwood
As people interested in football, we have a choice. We can
- Support our club no matter what
- Support the club but grumble about the way things are currently going
- Get angry and say I’m not supporting this club if they don’t change their ways
- Get angry and go and support another club
By and large I’m in the first group. The last time I remember getting a bit grumpy was during the Rioch season when we won four games league games in 15. Can you imagine what would happen if we did that today? Four wins in 15 league games??? And yet this is what we suffered under the manager that Mr Wenger took over from.
Worse, one of those games was a defeat to Tottenham.
Worse still, we had spent a fortune in the transfer market bringing in Bergkamp and Platt.
That was the most recent test of my loyalty. The one before that was in the Cup Double Season under Graham. Yes we won the Cup Double and I got to spend lots of extra dosh going to Wembley, but oh the league form. We had a run in which we won two league games in 15 – including again a defeat to Tottenham.
From memory I think we scored the lowest number of goals in the league, and also let in the lowest number in the league. And many of those cup games were turgid to say the least.
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But even in those two seasons, I never slipped down before point two on the four point scale above. I went from “support our club no matter what” to “support the club but grumble”.
However today it seems that we have something quite different. Not only is the club achieving success undreamed of in much of the Graham era and in the Rioch year, we have “supporters” (I use the word lightly) who slip to level three or four at the drop of a hat.
I know this not just from the wild ravings of members of the aaa who write to Untold, but also because of the Metro newspaper that tells me, “Many Arsenal fans vowed to stop supporting their beloved club unless Mathieu Flamini is sold in the summer transfer window.”
Can you imagine that? But yes, they are saying it on Twitter. Here’s the bits…
If flamini plays another game for Arsenal football club I’m gonna support city bmt, what a disgrace of life @AhmedFarah_
@tom_thacker wrote “If Flamini enters a football pitch in an Arsenal shirt again, I’m supporting Leicester.”
Now that is interesting. Arsenal are not high enough up the league for me so I am supporting the club at the top.
If AW starts Flamini over Elneny on Sunday, I’ll probably give up on Arsenal. @jkulubya
It is a completely new world for me and I have never actually met any of these supporters who will change clubs so readily.
Of course we have the regular media thing where the newspaper says, “Many Arsenal fans” but in their example they have six such people. And we don’t know how much of an Arsenal fan they are. Are they saying “I support Arsenal” if asked but have never been to a match and don’t watch each match on TV?
So I am wondering, maybe we need another word or phrase for these mobile supporters. Such as transportable fans, shorted to transfans. Arsenal when winning. Leicester when winning. Then what? Tottenham?
I don’t really know if transfans are real or just something invented by a drink addled brain in the Metro office who created half a dozen Twitter accounts and then made up the nonsense. That is possible. Maybe it is even likely. But anyway: according to the Metro there are six transfans out there.
Maybe we could go out and hunt them down.
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