By Walter Broeckx
With the visit of much of the (according to some non-existent) AAA on our site a few things could be noticed.
Of course this analysis will not be valid for all members of the AAA – they are indeed not a homogeneous group – but if you read carefully what some say you can find certain underlying trends within their rants.
It looks as if most have a miserable existence on this planet. And that the only way they can find solace from their miserable existence is by having Arsenal win something.
Now I love Arsenal dearly, so dearly that I dedicate a lot of time to the club each day by working for this site. Hours I could spend by doing other things. But the love for Arsenal and the fact that it is somehow a bit addictive to write articles keeps me going.
And no, we don’t get paid by Arsenal. I get nothing at all. I don’t even get a free ticket when I come to see the Arsenal play. Not that I need to get one for free but the ridiculous rumour that occurs every now and then is what it is: a stupid and silly rumour.
But I think by working on this site and on the referee aspect in the PL, it is fair to say that I love Arsenal. Even Arsenal dictates my life in a way as I will arrange my life around the games and will do all I can to see the games when they are played. And when we win I feel happy, when we draw I gnash my teeth and when we lose I feel sad.
But then again I will see if there was anything positive about the game to highlight because I think it’s not worth feeling too bad about Arsenal. For me it is about enjoying and sharing our feelings about Arsenal with people all over the world.
We can feel sad together after a defeat but we will not go over the top and start abusing people even if they made a mistake that cost us the game. Of course that is the easy way. A player scores an own goal: bin him, ban him, sell him, even…kill him. I think no player wants to score an own goal so my reaction is: come on, never mind, make up for it, just do better next time, unlucky.
But some fans (I cannot call them supporters at all) go out and ask for the heads of the offending players. And they do it each time we lose a game.
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I really cannot understand this. Fans wanting bad things to happen to our own players. Abusing women of said players on the internet on social media. I know we like to think we are class at Arsenal both at the club and us supporters but we have a bunch of people who claim to be fan (not supporters!) who can only talk in abusive terms.
The conclusion is that not all our fans are class. It is sad, but, well, that is the way the world goes. Every family has their black sheep, so has each supporters clan (or fan clan for some).
What they all have in common is also that they seem to lack any patience. Anything had to be done yesterday. The moment we announce a player they will say: did it really have to take that long? Why didn’t they make him sign yesterday, or last week, or even last month? Or we should have signed him last season? They don’t consider that negotiating a deal can be difficult and can take time. And then they point at some other (mostly mega rich and sugar daddy funded) clubs where transfers are done much more quickly.
Of course they are much quicker over there. Because money is no problem for them. When money is no issue you just pay the silly money and that’s it. No worry about the accounts for them. As for Arsenal each transfer is finding the best solution between : do we really need and want him and can we afford it without endangering the club and the future if things would go wrong.
Arsenal cannot afford a Carroll or Torres scenario. That could throw us back a few years. So we must make sure that whoever we buy will be a success.
Now I can imagine some starting to give examples of failed transfers. Yes of course Arsenal also has their share of failed transfers. Each club has those. But at Arsenal we have been lucky enough that most of those transfers were rather cheap. Although cheap is just a manner of speaking of course. But in the mad transfer world of today making a purchase for anything under £10m can be said as a small risk transfer. Some work out, some don’t.
But some sections of our fans don’t want to take such things in account. Just spend whatever the others are asking and do it yesterday/last month/last year. And instead of praising the club they proclaim to love, they abuse the persons who try to make sure that the club doesn’t do anything silly that could jeopardise their future. They want to brag about the big signing their club has made. As they think it will shine in to their own, probably miserable, life.
I admit that when we will announce a big name signing and records will be smashed in the future that I will feel excited about it for a moment (yes contrary to popular believe and myth Untold Arsenal is not against breaking the transfer record and bringing in top players) and then will start to pray to the football gods that the transfer will work out fine. Others will just brag about it, I will be a bit concerned and hope that it doesn’t backfire on us in the future.
For some that maybe will make me a bad fan. Well I take that as a compliment then as I take it that I am a good supporter in that case. Winning is all very well and I want us to win things (this sentence will go unnoticed for the usual suspects) but not at the cost of ruining our club. I have seen enough examples of such things. And that is the last road I would want to walk. But it was a road that was a real possibility the last 8 years.
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