Tony and I were musing on the way back from the Hull City game on Wednesday about the crowd again, and in particular about the singing of certain players’ songs. This has prompted me to write this post and I’d welcome your collected thoughts.
I remember a time (in the old Highbury days) when my mates and I used to stand on the old North Bank. Before the game started the team would run out on the pitch and the crowd would sing a song for each of them. It used to start with the favourites and work it’s way through the squad. In those days it was Brady, Stapleton, Rix and so on. When their song was sung the player would wave or raise his hand.
Now of course the players warm up well before kick off and when the ground is less than half full. The noisier elements of the crowd are still in the pub so we don’t get that sort of routine any more.
But there are still songs for certain players, some of which are sung much more often than others. This might reflect crowd favourites but not always, it may also have something to do with form (but again, not always). So why do some players get more singing than others?
Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud, Mertesacker and Walcott seem to get most attention. Ramsey, Rosicky, Podolski, and Sagna have songs but they are not heard so often (or sung so collectively). There are the beginnings of a tune for Özil but it’s struggling to get going. Others seemingly have no songs, or do not have songs that enough people know, despite (like Koscielny) being superb in form and much loved players. So why?
Part of it is down to confidence in knowing the words, tune and keeping it simple. The Özil song is difficult to sing and it’s new. ‘You sold Bale, we bought Mesut Öziiiiiil’ is not a great song. ‘Özil to the Arsenal’ is better but sounds like another song; it’s not distinctive enough.
Similarly, the otherwise brilliant ‘I wanna dance with Koscielny’ is not easy for people unfamiliar with the tune. By contrast ‘There’s only one Jacky Wilshere…’ is dead simple. The same is true for ‘NA NA NA nanananananaaah Girooooooooud, which is also great fun to sing.
‘He’s got dodgy hair but we don’t care, Backary Sagna’ is fun and Rambo’s song (do do do do etc) is catching on. But we don’t them that often (this is different away of course, the away fans are always amazing).
So I think we need to find some simple, fun, and memorable songs for the rest of the squad. Per’s chant (‘We’ve got a big fucking German’) is brilliant and everyone can master it straight away. Podolski has the ubiquitous ‘he scores when he wants’ (used ironically for Bendtner on Wednesday) and Theo is just ‘Theo,Theo,Theo’ (although there is a more complicated song for our flying forward).
Why no song for Arteta? Nothing for Gibbs? Or Szczesny, Jenkinson, and Flamini? It’s not because they don’t perform, or because they don’t applaud the crowd, or die for the shirt. We love them all so why no songs (or rather why aren’t those songs being sung)?
So I’m throwing down the gauntlet to you, my fellow Göoners, the singing is getting better, the atmosphere improving, so let’s hear it for ALL the squad. Let them feel the lurve!
Personally I like Tony’s suggestion for our £42m signing…
“We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard Özil! Because because because because… Because of the wonderful things he döes!”
That’s easy enough innit?
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