By Walter Broeckx
I will not deny that we had a poor start to the season. I will not deny that the matches since Anderlecht were not idea in terms of the results if nothing else. Because I thought that we played rather impressively against Manchester United but we were wasteful with the chances that we made for ourselves. And add to that a ref like Dean and you can get the door smashed against your nose like it happened last weekend.
In terms of football we were excellent in that match apart from the finishing. But of course when you lose that match this is forgotten and people forget it in their hysteria about the result. From the moment I officially knew it was Dean I had already accepted that we would lose the match against Manchester United. For me even a draw would have been a good result. The way we played I thought the only just result would have been an Arsenal win but you don’t always get what you deserve in football.
So just as after the Anderlecht match (where a wrong decision set Anderlecht up for a come back) and the Swansea match the internet was flooded by people who were screaming in high voices about sacking the manager, telling us how many players were not good enough. The usual reaction you get from people who call themselves supporters but who in reality are not supporters.
Untold however always sticks to what we believe is the right thing. We can say: we think that player A should have done better. But we don’t go saying things like player A is rubbish, I wish he would get cancer, I hope he gets his leg broken and can never play again,…. Alas there are people claiming to support Arsenal who do such things. We try to block such things on Untold. Because we believe it is completely counter productive to show hate against our players. We will keep the hate for ex-players who have put knifes in to our backs or in to the back of our manager and club.
But as long as a player is wearing the shirt from our great club Untold will be critical at times but we also will forgive him his mistakes as we (well at least those of us who write for Untold) are of the believe that no player makes a deliberate mistake or will deliberately want to hurt the team. And we will support him. Most of all in his darkest days. When a player has made a terrible mistake he will feel down. And I really believe and that is also based on what I have heard from talking with professional football players during my life; that feeling support in such times will be beneficial for a player.
So being critical for a player is acceptable as long as it doesn’t turn in to hate. And that is something we see too much on occasions on the internet.
And of course some people project their hate on the easiest person to do this. The manager. Yes Untold Arsenal supports Wenger. We have always done this and even when he is gone we will still defend him as the best manager Arsenal has ever had. And we will show that he was the one that has kept this great club near the top with no money, while building an amazing stadium and having to survive an unseen economic crisis, house market crisis, banking crisis (which all had an effect on football and Arsenal) and having to fight against clubs that are supported by rich man with deep pockets who disrupted the football world.
But each time we don’t win a match the haters come out. And then go away when we win. Come out when we drop a point and spread their hate. And moving the goal posts….
For many years they have been saying: we will never win anything again under Wenger. And they rubbed that under our noses each time when we lost a match. Told you so they said. And they found themselves pretty smart and said what a bunch of deluded people we at Untold are. They in their wisdom could see what we couldn’t see. They could see we would never win anything again under Wenger. Trophy hunters….
And of course I do admit that I also want us to win each and every trophy. But I just hope we win it; I don’t demand to win it.
But since we did win things again under Wenger they realised that they looked a bit foolish. The FA cup win was suddenly not the trophy that they wanted. Or the win was being discredited. And winning the CS like we did was also rubbished. Now the CS was not a real trophy. But if we hand’t won it you can be sure that they would have trotted out the ‘we will never win anything under Wenger ever again’ lines. And they would talk about failing when it matters.
So Wenger made them eat their words. Made them look foolish. In fact Wenger did to them what he did to the journalists on his first day at Arsenal. And since then the hate against Wenger is alive in media circles. And after being made look foolish by Wenger lots of our supporters now have the same almost pathological hate against Wenger.
This hate goes so far that some of them really want us to lose any match and if possible with a big score line in their hope that the person responsible (Wenger) will be fired. What they don’t realise is that with their hate against Wenger they also are developing in hating the club itself. Because when you want your club to be heavily defeated you are no longer a supporter. And then it is better to be honest about it and just let it go.
Let other real supporters who want what is best for the club take your place. Let others who really want us to win each match but will not turn against our own when we don’t win take your place. I’m sure it will benefit you as you will no longer will feel the need to be down all the time and float between wanting us to lose and wanting the board to sack the manager. Psychologically it will do you at lot of good if you could let it go and become a more happy person.
And it will give us who just want to support not only in good days but most of all in bad days also more chance to support our players, manager and club when they need us most. In those bad days.
Today it is easy to be a supporter. For the umpteenth time having qualified from the group stages (something not even the great Ferguson could do) in the CL after having beaten Dortmund then it is no reason not to cheer for the boys in red and white. But remember next time when we drop points that those moments define if you are a supporter or not. Not today. And I know that some of you are very unhappy with our latest result. Shame on you for calling yourself a supporter.
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