By Walter Broeckx
Tony started his article yesterday with this sentence : “For the predictors of doom, always circling on the first day of the season, it was a godsend.”
Someone commented on this phrase saying that this wasn’t the case as even the critical fans want the club to be successful. As I was reading and drinking my morning tea at the same time I must admit I almost spilled my tea on my computer. Now this might be true for Rob who wrote this but alas I must say that if you wander off to the virtual reality that is the internet you really find the strangest things.
I am active on twitter and on Facebook and follow Arsenal on all social media I can. And sometimes I take the time to read what people write when Arsenal posts something. And on twitter I follow all kinds of people but must admit I have recently unfollowed a few of the most villainous people spouting anti-Wenger AND anti-Arsenal comments.
And that there is much abuse against Wenger is something that nobody should deny. Now I don’t have much problem with people who want Wenger out of Arsenal. That is an opinion and people are entitled to this opinion. I don’t agree with that opinion but I also have that freedom.
But where it goes wrong is that people who want to get rid of Wenger tend to use all kinds of abuse against Wenger. And that is something that I cannot understand. Now I might have been raised by my parents to not abuse people and try to stay human if possible. Not that I always have succeeded in keeping up to that and I am sure I will go out of order in the future also.
But wishing death upon someone is something I have only done on a few occasions. The only times I can remember is when a serial killer and child molester got arrested some 20 years ago. I do admit I wished he would get all the worst kinds of diseases and would rot in his cell and die a very painful and slow death as he inflicted on the children he had kidnapped. So yes for such persons I can be hard and wish terrible things.
But when I see this on an almost daily basis about Wenger I can’t understand this and really get pissed off. In fact it says more about the people who think these things than it says anything negative about Wenger.
Why do some people feel the need to abuse other people on the internet? It is something that is beyond me. Is it because they are not bright enough to bring forward detailed facts that they just revert to calling names?
Is it a way of showing off? A way of trying to say they got the biggest dick? They are the biggest dick by doing so in my opinion. There is however nothing brave about wishing diseases to Wenger. Or wishing him dead. Or wishing him to die in a slow and painful way. It is showing that you are a lowlife yourself.
Why should I respect the opinion of someone who himself shows no respect for another human being? Even if (but I have rarely seen this to be honest) they could put forward a good case and bring up some facts that suit their agenda they lose all my respect from the moment they bring up words like senile, dictator, idiot, and far worse words to describe Wenger.
If you have a good case to present, then why spoil it by abusing people? It only undermines your opinion and how people look at you.
Moving on to the anti-Arsenal comments I must say that I have seen in the build-up to the Liverpool game lots of people claiming to be real and lifelong Arsenal supporters wanting us to lose to Liverpool. And because I have unfollowed the worse people over the last months I got spared of many more such comments. But still I have seen them and have seen them being retweeted by good people I follow who were baffled just like me that people claiming to be Arsenal supporters wanted their team to lose.
“In order to get Wenger out,” they usually say when you point at that fact. Those of us who write for Untold may be accused of loving Wenger too much. Yes I do admit I have the utmost respect for Wenger and that will never change. Both for his footballing achievements and for his human behaviour in a mad world.
The can say to us that it is Arsenal FC and not Arsène FC. The thing is that we can see that difference. I can see that difference very well indeed. I want Arsenal to do well always not just for Arsène. I want Arsenal to do well because they are Arsenal.
But people on the other side of the fence hate Arsène so much they even hate Arsenal. In order to wish bad things on Wenger they wish the worst on Arsenal. It is these people who can’t make the difference between Arsenal FC and Arsène FC.
The problem is you can’t have it both ways. Either you want Arsenal to do well and as a result Wenger gets some credit. But wishing bad things on Arsenal in order to get Wenger out… is bad for Arsenal.
I want Arsenal to do well and will never wish us to lose any match. And anyone who wants us to lose for whatever reason they can come up with is not a real Arsenal supporter for me. Even if we have matches I don’t really mind us losing (friendlies, league cup matches when the kids play….) I still want us to win even if my logical thinking process will say that it doesn’t really matter or could be a blessing in disguise in the long run.
But blatantly wanting us to lose a league match…. Sorry that is a bridge too far. Maybe if you really can’t stand Wenger (there are also people in this world who I really don’t like so I could understand that feeling) but it might be better for your health and for the enjoyment of the real Arsenal supporters to step aside for a while till he will be gone.
Losing matches is not nice but it is because of other people claiming to be Arsenal supporters that it turns really sour. But maybe that is just your point? Your reason to be out there? But isn’t that a sad way to behave?
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