24 responses

  1. mutiu jimoh
    28/11/2013

    Well said………. But I still beleive to win a trophy this season the players need the fans behind them shouting like what we use to see in Dortmund ,Bayern Munichen ,Nou Camp etc. so that we can together make the Emirates a fortress for any team that comes there because I hate seeing Arsenal loose at home. Our away form is good better than the Emirates atimes.

  2. Rafael
    28/11/2013

    It is a shame really… Of course we can’t do much about it because they are in their rights to leave early. It just bothers me that some people think that football and supporting a club are entertainments like any other one. Well, i think you can view things like that, but you kinda miss the point… Maybe the beautiful football Arsenal tend to play has a relation to these “theatre fans”.

    And all this from a Brazilian Arsenal fan who would do anything to be on the Grove every match…

  3. Eddy
    28/11/2013

    Totally agree with your sentiments.How do you teach “fans” to care?! It should come with the territory.I reckon,anyone arriving 10 mins into a game,clutching overpriced food should be given a “lesson” from the Club on what supporting a team really means.We have a new bunch of “supporters”,who are the worst sort ie no passion and no knowledge.In some respects,I would rather be surrounded by gormless buffoons that occupy the stadiums of some of our rivals than the spineless jellyfish that have taken over large sections of “The Emms”

  4. hemed
    28/11/2013

    nice piece

  5. Mandy Dodd
    28/11/2013

    Can only agree with your words. Would be great if one day, Arsenals home fans could again be allowed standing,or safe standing as it is now termed. Something that would improve the atmosphere in one go for so many reasons – maybe cheaper tickets,families, groups of friends could regularly congregate in one area more easily…maybe like the wonderful Dortmund fans …but even if possible in our ground, thats another shout for another day

  6. Sammy The Snake
    28/11/2013

    i always wonder why Arsenal do not have “cheer-leaders” through the game in order to encourage and synchronise the singing by the fans.

  7. Stuart
    28/11/2013

    Great piece, I couldn’t agree more. I’m usually one of the last to leave (on the rare occasion that I go) and find the (often) silece around me quite unsettling. I do try and get an atmosphere going although I was very nearly thrown out once following my reaction to someone telling me to shut up.

  8. bob
    28/11/2013

    A Thanksgiving remembrance for those gooners who can’t or can barely get in to stand up or sit down:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/opinion/an-unfair-game.html?ref=soccer&gwh=9AAD3E3A79D52F145AAB1B2543A5B6C2

  9. John
    28/11/2013

    Agree with most of the sentiments, especially arriving late / leaving early. (although it may be genuinely unavoidable for some people) and I would add the annoyance about people leaving before half time to get to the bar, returning after the second half has started and then having to make additional exits to the toilets during the rest of the game.

    However, the comments about standing disregard the physical difficulty that this may cause for people with arthritis, sciatica, or back pain etc. Standing for 2 hours may not be so easy for them.

    I would be happy to stand in a designated area, having knowingly chosen to do so, but I would be annoyed at having to forego my seat simply to be able to see, because everyone else chooses to stand . There are ground safety issues which should mean that the stewards should be asked to discourage standing.

  10. Bucks
    28/11/2013

    I think one of the reasons people sing the songs more often is because they hear it more often. Was speaking to an American online, he isn’t a Gooner but he has noticed the songs(We’re the North Bank/East stand/clock end) on TV for the first time this season.

    The more it is sung, the more people will know it.

  11. Oliver
    28/11/2013

    I generally sit wherever I can on the ticket exchange. Aiming for the lower north bank, cheaper and the best atmosphere.

  12. Gord
    28/11/2013

    Arsenal.com is reporting that Szczesny has now recorded 50 clean sheets, only the 11th Arsenal goaltender to do so.

    Clubs news
    Apparently there has been an influx of counterfeit tickets at the Emirates.

    On Wednesday, Dec 4, a strike on the Piccadilly line is planned.

    Gibbs is over his sickness. Podolski is about 3 weeks away.

    Arsenal has set up a hashtag for those of you that twit. #GetWellSoonPat https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GetWellSoonPat&src=hash

  13. nicky
    28/11/2013

    An enjoyable post on an issue slightly off the usual run of things.
    There are so many cons against standing at matches, I don’t think we should go down that path again.
    People seem to leave early at all sporting functions, which I think has all to do with transport and getting home as early as possible.

  14. TJ
    28/11/2013

    I would go even further and encourage those who can to get in early, create an atmosphere and get behind the lads while they are warming up

  15. Yassin
    28/11/2013

    Blacksheep,
    Tell those couple there is a TV at home where they can sit, chill, and watch the game.

    Dont imagine for a while that what you all doing in the chants is something simple, in this hard season, I believe it is the little difference that will get us the trophy, we depend on you out there.
    If Arsenal wins something, u all have a hand in it just do your best.

  16. colario
    28/11/2013

    Yassin
    I sent u an invite in fb.

  17. WalterBroeckx
    28/11/2013

    TJ,
    on the rare occasions I can go to the Emirates I always want to be early so I can be there from the warming up. Just to suck up the atmosphere, the stadium, well the whole experience…

  18. Yassin
    28/11/2013

    Colario
    I think you sent to the wrong one, am the one with no profile picture.

    I believe I found your profile, but i cant add you or interact in any way.

  19. colario
    28/11/2013

    Yassin
    email colarioatpesonal.ro 🙂

  20. colario
    28/11/2013

    Yassin
    sorry no correction colarioatpersonal.ro

  21. stevegooner
    28/11/2013

    As an aside to people arriving late and leaving early, Tuesday was a nightmare for those travelling into London Bridge due to a fire in a signal box. Southern Region was disrupted for hours.

  22. TJ
    29/11/2013

    Walter,

    Agree with you there.

    It’s not only being in this colossus arena and seeing the squad and each individual attitude to the warm up, it’s also the people around you and the chance to have conversation with, people you would never meet otherwise, or possibly ever will again. Often people who have traveled for a day and made great personal sacrifice to watch the Gooners. It would make you burst with pride.

  23. Salem
    29/11/2013

    Hi all,

    I am a gooner from very far (Algeria) and each time I have the chance, the visa and the money to visit London … I plan to do so on a match day … A colleague of mine have a ST and helps me get a ticket and seat next to him every time … And to sit next a local gooner give much more of the experience … I love the grove but the grove is a very quiet place … I will not speak about the atmosphere on a match day here within the big clubs in Algiers … It’s just madness … When you have the chance to get to game and see such an amazing team playing some amazing football … All you have to do is to support the lads on the pitch as loud as you can … Before my first visit to the Ems I googled the arsenal songs and learned them … I went there and … I wouldn’t say song but shouted very loud I remember we lost to €iffy and it was Nasri’s first game with them … I was disgusted with result but proud to a gonner (from very).

    Keep up the great work you are doing and shout loud !

  24. Amit
    30/11/2013

    Apologies Slightly off topic but i had to share this with Untold Gooner family Check the below Link Usamanov is the biggest Hypocrate wasnt this the same man who questioned about Arsenal needing change and how Wenger has sold his best players.What a looser i am glad my club is run by people with Integrity and class.Wat a diff it makes when we start winning y only say good things about wenger when we win y not support and respect the man for wat he has done for the club in difficult times

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2515878/Alisher-Usmanov-backs-Arsene-Wenger-restore-Arsenal-number-again.html

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